Senso-e - Senso-e are prints depicting wars, most often the Sino-Japanese War of 1894 - 1895 and the Russo-Japanese War in 1904 - 1905. Primarily triptychs, these images filled the journalistic need for illustrations of current activities on the battle front, but also acted as propaganda, encouraging support for the wars and fostering patriotism. These prints emphasized the bravery and success of the army and navy, using dramatic designs and bold compositions, with customers eagerly purchasing the latest prints. Some famous Meiji era artists did senso-e, including Kiyochika, Chikanobu, and Gekko. By the time the Russo-Japanese War came around, woodblock prints had fallen out of favor due to competition with photography and lithography, so fewer designs exist from this time period as compared to the Sino-Japanese War.
Comments - Terrific scene of Lieutenant-General Nozu leading troops across the Yalu River during the Sino-Japanese War. He plunges ahead with his sword thrust out, gripping the reins of his horse as the animal struggles through the chest-deep water. Three soldiers follow behind, their guns strapped to their backs. A full moon glows in the hazy night sky, the figures of troops fighting on shore seen in gray silhouette. A beautiful atmospheric setting with burnishing in the black uniforms.
Artist - Nobukazu (1874 - 1944)
Image Size - 13 7/8" x 27 1/2" + margin as shown
Condition - Nice color and detail. Small repair at edge, offsetting, slight wrinkling.
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