by Beisaku (1864 - 1903)
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 - Terrific night scene from the Sino-Japanese War of Japanese troops bivouacked near the shore, gathered around a roaring bonfire. Bundled up in hooded coats, the soldiers warm themselves at the fire, which casts a warm glow upon the figures as smoke rises into the night sky. A full moon glows softly overhead, and the rooftops of Fengtianfu are silhouetted in the distance. A handsome design with a lovely sense of light, beautifully shaded.
Artist - Beisaku (1864 - 1903)
Image Size - 13 1/4" x 27 7/8"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three attached panels, backed with paper. Vertical folds. A couple tears at edges, repaired. Slight toning, soiling, and creasing, a few stains. Please note, due to the size, this print may be shipped rolled. Please see photos for details.
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