by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Series; Handsome and Brave Heroes of the Suikoden, 1866 - 1867
Handsome and Brave Heroes of the Suikoden - In 1866, Yoshitoshi began work on a fantastic 50 print series called the "Handsome and Brave Heroes of the Suikoden" (Biyu Suikoden). Instead of depicting the traditional characters from the novel "Suikoden," Yoshitoshi chose to use his own set of heroes from Japanese history and legend for this series. He also incorporated spirits and monsters, resulting in a very unusual and creative twist on the classic Suikoden theme. These bold and lively images feature beautifully colored and detailed figures in striking poses, many with supernatural or magical creatures. Some feature deluxe embellishments such as embossing or burnishing. These early chuban designs by Yoshitoshi are a great choice for a collector interested in this legendary tale.
Saga no Dairyo beneath a Cherry Tree, 1866 - Handsome design of the warrior Saga no Dairyo standing beneath a cherry tree, using his sword to split blossoms and petals as they fall to the ground around him. He scowls as he looks to the side, gripping his weapon tightly. He wears a red floral kimono over a white robe with a beautiful embossed pattern, edged with pale pink. A bench covered with a red floral cloth rests under the tree at right, with pink flowers framing the dark night sky overhead. Beautifully printed and detailed.
Artist - Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Image Size - 9 1/4" x 6 5/8"
Condition - This print with good color and excellent detail as shown. Small loss at corner, repaired. Slight soiling, slight rubbing at edges. Please see photos for details. Good overall.
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