The Battle at Tianzhuangdai: The Gathering of Eleven Generals, 1895

by Gekko (1859 - 1920)

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The Battle at Tianzhuangdai: The Gathering of Eleven Generals, 1895 by Gekko (1859 - 1920)

Original Gekko (1859 - 1920) Japanese Woodblock Print
The Battle at Tianzhuangdai: The Gathering of Eleven Generals, 1895

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 - Fantastic illustration from the Battle at Tianzhuangdai (Denshodai in Japanese) of eleven generals gathered on the near shore of a river watching flames and smoke rising from a conflagration on the opposite shore. In the center, troops are massed on the distant riverbank, with a few figures climbing ashore from the water. At right, one of the officers chats with a general on horseback, gesturing toward the blaze, while at bottom center, two of the generals wave their hands. An intriguing subject, beautifully composed and detailed with fine bokashi shading. A great triptych from the Sino-Japanese War.

Artist - Gekko (1859 - 1920)

Image Size - 13 1/4" x 27 3/8" + top margin as shown

Condition - Excellent color and detail. Backed with paper. Vertical folds between panels, light horizontal lines where backing papers meet.

The Battle at Tianzhuangdai: The Gathering of Eleven Generals, 1895 by Gekko (1859 - 1920)
The Battle at Tianzhuangdai: The Gathering of Eleven Generals, 1895 by Gekko (1859 - 1920)

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