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.
Ake Tamanosuke Seated by a Statue of a Chinese General, 1866 - Terrific portrait of the young warrior Ake Tamanosuke seated beside a statue of the great Chinese general Kansho. Tamanosuke was famed for his skills as an archer and horseman, and Kansho was his hero. The samurai sits on a low stool, a bow in one hand and a pair of arrows in the other, his sleeves tied back with a white sash. The general is dressed in elegant robes patterned with a dragon and swirling clouds, his long black beard flowing over his chest. Nicely composed and colored, the figures set off by a dark background. The Boston Museum of Fine Arts has this image in its collection. A fantastic early design from Yoshitoshi's fine chuban-size Suikoden series.
Artist - Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Image Size - 9 1/4" x 6 5/8"
Condition - This print with good color and excellent detail as shown. Slight paper remnants on reverse from previous backing. A couple small holes, repaired. Slight soiling, slight rubbing at edges. Please see photos for details. Good overall.
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