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 - The text block at upper right reads: "The enemy tried with all their power to fend off our advancing 4th Brigade. Our brave, death-defying corps of engineers, with the responsibility for cutting the wire entanglements charged forward. Alternately advancing and lying down on their stomachs, they gradually reached the wire. Crawling to avoid bullets overhead, they carried out their work and finally succeeded in cutting a way in. Their bravery and courage truly merit a special mention in our war chronicle." Nicely detailed with a hand-applied spattering of pigment to simulate debris or embers.
Artist - Ogata Gessan (1887 - 1967)
Image Size - 14" x 27 7/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three separate panels. Slight creasing and soiling. Please see photos for details.