Tanaka Ishimatsu Sneaking up on the Enemy, 1895

by Toshikata (1866 - 1908)

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Tanaka Ishimatsu Sneaking up on the Enemy, 1895 by Toshikata (1866 - 1908)

Original Toshikata (1866 - 1908) Japanese Woodblock Print
Tanaka Ishimatsu Sneaking up on the Enemy, 1895

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 - Dramatic scene from the Sino-Japanese War of the Japanese soldier Tanaka Ishimatsu sneaking up on an enemy. He crouches behind a tree along the water's edge, gripping his gun with bayonet fixed, watching intently. A guard is visible in silhouette next to the smoke rising from bonfires, the moon glowing softly above. Beautifully rendered with calligraphic line work in the grasses and foliage, with soft gradations of color in this almost monochromatic image. Nicely detailed with delicate cloth embossing on the soldier's white clothing.

Artist - Toshikata (1866 - 1908)

Image Size - 14" x 27 7/8" + margins as shown

Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three attached panels, backed with paper. Slight toning and soiling, a few creases at edges and small spots. Please note: due to the size, this print may be shipped rolled. Please see photos for details. Good overall.

Tanaka Ishimatsu Sneaking up on the Enemy, 1895 by Toshikata (1866 - 1908)
Tanaka Ishimatsu Sneaking up on the Enemy, 1895 by Toshikata (1866 - 1908)

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