Battle on the Outskirts of Fengtianfu, 1894

by Kokunimasa (1874 - 1944)

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Battle on the Outskirts of Fengtianfu, 1894 by Kokunimasa (1874 - 1944)

Original Kokunimasa (1874 - 1944) Japanese Woodblock Print
Battle on the Outskirts of Fengtianfu, 1894

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 - Dramatic scene of a soldier on horseback chasing a Chinese enemy during the Sino-Japanese War. The Japanese officer thrusts out his sword as his horse gallops along, while the Chinese warrior turns in his saddle to defend himself. In the background, fighting continues on foot in the snowy landscape, a fortress set against the trees at right. A lively design, beautifully composed and detailed with burnishing on the black uniform, boots, and saddlebag.

Artist - Kokunimasa (1874 - 1944)

Image Size - 14" x 27 3/8"

Condition - Nice color and detail. A few small repairs.

Battle on the Outskirts of Fengtianfu, 1894 by Kokunimasa (1874 - 1944)
Battle on the Outskirts of Fengtianfu, 1894 by Kokunimasa (1874 - 1944)

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