by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Series; Mirror of Famous Generals of Japan
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Mirror of Famous Generals of Japan - Yoshitoshi designed this fantastic series of fifty-one prints of military heroes from 1876 to 1882. These dramatic images of famous warriors created a sensation with the Japanese public. Full of violence and intense emotions, Yoshitoshi's bold and innovative compositions tackled a historic subject using a modern style. His realism and drafting skill captured the important legacy of these national heroes at a time when Japan was struggling with the aftermath of the Satsuma Rebellion. Classic Yoshitoshi images, these dynamic prints are a great choice for collectors.
Otomo no Sadehiko Leaving Sayohime to Invade Korea, 1879 - Interesting scene depicting the warrior Otomo no Sadehiko leaving his wife as he prepares leave to invade Korea. He stands on the shore under a glowing red sun surrounded by a halo of yellow light, looking up with his eyes closed, sails dotting the water behind him. His wife, Sayohime, kneels at his side, weeping with sorrow, dabbing at her face with the sleeve of her robe. His retainers are gathered around with heads solemnly bowed. According to legend, Sayohime climbed to the top of Mt. Kagamiyama to watch the fleet depart, waiting and praying for her husband's safe return. She cried and cried, staying so long that she turned to stone. Beautiful jewel-tone color and soft shading in this poignant subject.
Artist - Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Image Size - 12 5/8" x 8"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Backed with paper. Creasing, slight soiling and curling. Some prints have horizontal or vertical folds, or a few wrinkles or spots. Please see photos for details.
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