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.
Fujinami Yukarinosuke Riding a Butterfly, 1867 - Fantastic portrait of Fujinami Yukarinosuke riding atop an enormous blue and gray butterfly, reading a magic spell from the scroll in his hands. He looks to the side with a slight smile, the long paper fluttering in the air beside him. He wears a deep blue kimono with a subtle burnished floral pattern, with a white floral insert in the center, worn over a red under robe trimmed with a blue collar. A terrific design from this early Yoshitoshi series.
Artist - Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Image Size - 9 1/4" x 6 5/8"
Condition - This print with good color and detail as shown. Stitching holes at side, repaired. Slight soiling, slight rubbing at edges. Please see photos for details. Good overall.
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