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.
Oshima Tanzo Kneeling by a Brazier, 1866 - Terrific Yoshitoshi portrait of the robber Oshima Tanzo kneeling beside a brazier, which sends orange flames and smoke billowing into the dark night sky. He wears a kimono over his armor, the sleeves pushed down to the waist, holding his hat with both hands behind his head. A terrific composition with wonderful detail, including a dusting of mica in the gray sky. A nice design from an early Yoshitoshi 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. A few small holes, repaired. Slight soiling, a few creases and stains. Please see photos for details. Good overall.
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