The Entire Pescadores Island Chain Occupied by the Japanese Forces, 1895

by Kiyochika (1847 - 1915)

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The Entire Pescadores Island Chain Occupied by the Japanese Forces, 1895 by Kiyochika (1847 - 1915)

Original Kiyochika (1847 - 1915) Japanese Woodblock Print
The Entire Pescadores Island Chain Occupied by the Japanese Forces, 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 - Handsome illustration of the Japanese invasion of the Pescadores Islands off Taiwan during the Sino-Japanese War. Imperial Army troops are ranged behind a line of cannons, smoke from the shelling obscuring the defending Chinese at left. The soldiers aim their guns, bayonets affixed for close combat. The Chinese approach on horseback and on foot, several carrying shield decorated with fierce faces. A terrific composition, beautifully detailed and shaded.

Artist - Kiyochika (1847 - 1915)

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

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

The Entire Pescadores Island Chain Occupied by the Japanese Forces, 1895 by Kiyochika (1847 - 1915)
The Entire Pescadores Island Chain Occupied by the Japanese Forces, 1895 by Kiyochika (1847 - 1915)

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