Scene of the Land-based Battery Attack on Weihaiwei, 1895

by Kiyochika (1847 - 1915)

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Scene of the Land-based Battery Attack on Weihaiwei, 1895 by Kiyochika (1847 - 1915)

Original Kiyochika (1847 - 1915) Japanese Woodblock Print
Scene of the Land-based Battery Attack on Weihaiwei, 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 scene of the land-based battery attack by the Japanese on the Chinese stronghold of Weihaiwei during the Sino-Japanese War. A shell bursts in an enormous explosion of yellow and red at right, sending shards of ice and snow flying. In the center, an officer's frightened horse leaps in the air as a shot bursts below it. The mounted general keeps his seat, thrusting his sword high to rally his men. At left, troops push a mounted cannon through the snow, while other figures on horseback can be seen in silhouette among the tree trunks in the distance at right. A dramatic image.

Artist - Kiyochika (1847 - 1915)

Image Size - 13 7/8" x 27 3/4"

Condition - Excellent color and detail. A couple repairs, slight curling at top of center panel.

Scene of the Land-based Battery Attack on Weihaiwei, 1895 by Kiyochika (1847 - 1915)
Scene of the Land-based Battery Attack on Weihaiwei, 1895 by Kiyochika (1847 - 1915)

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