by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Biographies of Modern Men - Yoshitoshi's terrific "Biographies of Modern Men" series illustrates the heroes, villains, and strongmen in a deadly confrontation between two gambling rings in Shimosa Province in 1849. Like modern day gangs, these two groups of criminals and outlaws engaged in a brutal blood feud. A fine series of portraits of men who, much like the 47 Ronin, became popular culture heroes in Japan long after their time. A great early Yoshitoshi series.
This Complete Book - Published in 1917 by Yoshikawa Kobunkan, this complete book features reprints of all 36 designs from Yoshitoshi's "Biographies of Modern Men." Each features a portrait of a famous character accompanied by a text page with a story about the figure. The black kimono of one man has a subtle burnished geometric pattern on it. The book features a traditional stab binding with paper covers. Dated Taisho 6 (1917). Originals from this series are difficult to find, so this fine Taisho era reprint book offers a nice chance to collect an early Yoshitoshi warrior series.
Artist - Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Size - Image 7 5/8" x 5 1/4", overall size 9 1/2" x 6 1/2" x 1/2"
Condition - Prints with excellent color and detail as shown. Slight toning. Some prints have a few spots. Please see photos for details. Generally in good to nice condition overall.
Examples from the Book
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