Think of Love

by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

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Think of Love by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

Original Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892) Japanese Woodblock Print
Think of Love

100 Aspects of the Moon (Tsuki hyakushi)
A Fuji Arts Special Offer Auction

One Hundred Aspects of the Moon - Considered his masterwork, Yoshitoshi's series One Hundred Aspects of the Moon features one hundred oban size woodblocks, published between 1885 and 1892. These quiet and reflective prints, beautifully composed and drawn, feature subjects from traditional Japanese and Chinese history and legend, rendered with great sensitivity and emotion. The moon appears in all but a few prints, providing a unifying motif for the series.

Yoshitoshi's innovative designs for the Moon series are often elegantly spare, with simple backgrounds that focus attention on the human figure. He combines the western influences of realism and perspective with qualities from traditional Japanese and Chinese painting, such as the emphasis on calligraphic brushstroke. The figures are carefully drawn with beautiful linework, conveying a real sense of individual character, gesture, and emotion. Special printing techniques such as embossing and burnishing add a sumptuous touch where appropriate, but simple subjects are conveyed in a likewise manner, no less carefully observed.

Prints from the series were released singly or in groups every few months, with the final image completed shortly before Yoshitoshi's death. The series proved tremendously popular, with patrons lining up to purchase the new releases as soon as they became available. Today, One Hundred Aspects of the Moon remains Yoshitoshi's most well-known work, characterized by his artistry, compassion, and sensitivity in portraying the human experience.

Think of Love - Handsome depiction of Taira no Tadanori, who has come to his mistress Kiku no Mae's quarters on a moonlit night and finds her occupied with a guest. He waits impatiently outside, making noises with his fan. She can hear him, but cannot get rid of her guest and eventually he gives up and leaves. Here, he leans forward impatiently opening his fan as he stands outside the house. He wears an intricately patterned blue robe over pants with a scroll and blossom design, and a black court cap. Beyond the verandah railing bush clover can be seen, with the moon glowing above. Nicely detailed with burnishing on the black court cap, the lacquer trim on the railings, and the roof.

Artist - Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

Image Size - 12 3/4" x 8 5/8" + margins as shown

Condition - Nice detail. A few repairs, slight rubbing at side, a few creases at edges.

Think of Love by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Think of Love by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

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