by Nobukazu (1874 - 1944)
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 - Lively scene of the Japanese attacking the fortress at Eijofu during the Sino-Japanese War. In the center, Lieutenant General Sakuma, the Second Divisional Commander, gallops ahead on horseback on horseback during the charge as clouds of smoke billow past. Two soldiers run after him to join the fighting at left, with troops seen in dark silhouette and bullets streaking across the battlefield in orange lines. The towers of the Chinese fortress tower overhead at left. Nicely detailed and shaded.
Artist - Nobukazu (1874 - 1944)
Image Size - 14 1/8" x 27 3/4" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three attached panels, backed with paper. Slight soiling, a few light creases. Please note: due to the size, this print may be shipped rolled. Good overall.
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