by Gekko (1859 - 1920)
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 Battle of Newchang during the Sino-Japanese War of Colonel Sato using a regimental flag as a crutch. He leans heavily against the support as he stands atop a vanquished enemy, thrusting his sword high to direct the charge. His men rush forward up the hill, disappearing into clouds of smoke as they confront the Chinese. The composition focuses all attention on the valiant leader, who despite weariness and pain, continues to lead his troops. A great design, beautifully drawn and shaded. The Boston Museum of Fine Arts has this image in its collection.
Artist - Gekko (1859 - 1920)
Image Size - 14 1/8" x 28 1/4" + 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 small marks and creases. Please note: due to the size, this print may be shipped rolled. Please see photos for details. Good overall.
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