by Toshikata (1866 - 1908)
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 - Fantastic illustration from the fall of Fenghuangcheng during the Sino-Japanese War. A Japanese crew mans a cannon in the foreground, one soldier using a sponge to clean the barrel prior to loading it again. Clouds of smoke drift across the ground and fallen Chinese can be seen at left and right. The battle rages behind them as the Japanese confront the enemy face-to-face, one man gripping his gun over his head as a club. Includes burnishing in the black uniform of the officer looking through binoculars at right. A fascinating image with fine detail and an atmospheric setting. The Boston Museum of Fine Arts has this image in its collection. A great choice for a student of military history.
Artist - Toshikata (1866 - 1908)
Image Size - 14 1/8" x 28 1/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three attached panels, backed with paper. A few small spots, a few light creases at edges. Please note: due to the size, this print may be shipped rolled. Please see photos for details. Good overall.
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