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 of Private Harada Jukichi opening the Hyeonmu Gate at the fort at Pyongyang to allow his fellow soldiers to enter. He appears to be bayoneted through the leg, bleeding heavily from the blade still stuck in his flesh, but he pulls the heavy wooden door open with one hand, still gripping his gun in the other. At the same time, he steps on the arm of a fallen Chinese enemy, preventing him from reaching for his weapon. Shots ricochet across the scene. A terrific heroic image from the Sino-Japanese War. The Boston Museum of Fine Arts has this image in its collection.
Artist - Toshikata (1866 - 1908)
Image Size - 13 5/8" x 27 1/8" + top margin as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three separate panels, backed with paper. Slight soiling, a few marks. Please see photos for details.
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