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 Sino-Japanese War of the Japanese Imperial Army overrunning a Chinese fortress at Pyongyang. In the center, a soldier takes an enemy captive, forcing his arms behind his back as he prepares to tie him with a rope. Behind him, another Japanese man drags a Chinese soldier by the pigtail while he uses his rifle like a club to knock another enemy over the crenellated walls of the tower. Several other bound captives lie on the floor nearby, and at left, a soldier bashes open a wooden trunk with the butt of his rifle. Fighting can be seen in the distance at upper right as troops wade through the water to reach their objective. Nicely colored and detailed, a lovely burnished pattern on the purple robe. The Boston Museum of Fine Arts has this image in its collection.
Artist - Gekko (1859 - 1920)
Image Size - 14" x 28 1/4" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three separate panels. Vertical folds. Tack holes in corners, repaired. Slight soiling, a few creases and small marks. Please see photos for details. Good overall.
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