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 - Handsome illustration from the Sino-Japanese war of a bivouac near Liaoyang. Japanese officers huddle around the red flames of a campfire, warming themselves in the snowy landscape. One man gestures towards the Chinese fortress seen in shadowy silhouette in the distance beyond the trees. Another officer sits on horseback at right, wearing a long coat lined with fur. Troops can be seen in the background at right. A fine, atmospheric scene, with snow falling gently through the night sky and the fire illuminating the tree trunks. Includes a hand-applied spattering of gofun (white pigment) on the right panel to simulate snow. Nicely detailed and shaded. The Boston Museum of Fine Arts has this image in its collection.
Artist - Kokunimasa (1874 - 1944)
Image Size - 14 1/8" x 27 1/4" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three separate panels. Slight paper remnants on reverse from previous backing. Slight toning, a few small spots. Please see photos for details.
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