by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Series; Handsome and Brave Heroes of the Suikoden, 1866 - 1867
Handsome and Brave Heroes of the Suikoden - In 1866, Yoshitoshi began work on a fantastic 50 print series called the "Handsome and Brave Heroes of the Suikoden" (Biyu Suikoden). Instead of depicting the traditional characters from the novel "Suikoden," Yoshitoshi chose to use his own set of heroes from Japanese history and legend for this series. He also incorporated spirits and monsters, resulting in a very unusual and creative twist on the classic Suikoden theme. These bold and lively images feature beautifully colored and detailed figures in striking poses, many with supernatural or magical creatures. Some feature deluxe embellishments such as embossing or burnishing. These early chuban designs by Yoshitoshi are a great choice for a collector interested in this legendary tale.
Shiroki Komakichi Slashing a Will o' the Wisp - Terrific scene of the robber Shiroki Komakichi making his escape with a wicker chest full of treasures strapped to his back. A will o' the wisp appears beside him, an eerie red light that curls around him almost like a flame. He raises his sword high as he slashes at the mysterious glow, scowling angrily. He wears a boldly patterned green and white kimono edge with dark blue trim, his long hair pulled back into a low ponytail. Reeds and wooden pilings line the edge of the water behind him, the night sky above a deep black. An intriguing supernatural image.
Artist - Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Image Size - 9 1/4" x 6 5/8"
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Slight paper remnants on reverse from previous backing. Small loss at corner, stitching holes at side, repaired. Slight toning and soiling, a few creases. Please see photos for details.
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