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 - Intriguing scene from the Sino-Japanese War of Major General Tatsumi taking a nap under a pine tree. The general sleeps peacefully while at far right, an officer on horseback watches shells exploding in the distance. The general wears a beautifully detailed uniform, the jacket trimmed with braid and adorned with medals. He has spurs attached to his polished boots, and a binoculars case around his chest. Beautifully composed and drawn, with lovely gradations of soft gray, and burnishing on the black uniform and boots. The Boston Museum of Fine Arts has this image in its collection. A very handsome print.
Artist - Toshikata (1866 - 1908)
Image Size - 14" x 27 5/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three separate panels, backed with paper. Slight toning and soiling, a few creases. Please see photos for details.
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