Anayama Baisetsu and Matsumoto Mokusuke, 1857 - Terrific design of two warriors fighting in hand-to-hand combat during the Battle of Kawanakajima between the forces of Takeda Shingen and Uesugi Kenshin. At right, Matsumoto Mokuske, who fought for Kenshin, grabs his opponent by the arm and neck as he lunges back, his hair flying wildly around his bare head. At left, Shingen's nephew Anayama Baisetsu grimaces in pain as blood flows from his mouth, his faces tinged with blue and his eyes bloodshot. He wears a monk's headdress with a blue tie fluttering in the air, and a suit of armor over a blue robe patterned with swirling clouds. Smoke from the battlefield drifts across the scene, partially obscuring the samurai. Behind them two warriors gallop past on horseback, one pursuing the other. A great action scene with a dynamic composition and expressive figures.
Artist - Yoshitsuya (1822 - 1866)
Image Size - 14 1/4" x 9 7/8"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Slight separation at ends of horizontal centerfold, slight thinning at corner, repaired. A few light creases. Please see photos for details. Nice overall.