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.
Uji Joetsu Studying Magic - Intriguing portrait of Uji Joetsu looking up from a scroll of magic instructions at a hermit praying on a rock. The young samurai seems unhappy, scowling angrily as the monk clasps his hands together in prayer, waves crashing dramatically against the evening sky. The warrior leans on one knee, unrolling the paper across his lap. His hair is pulled back into a thick ponytail, and he wears a black kimono over his armor, tucked into patterned hakama pants. Beautifully detailed with a subtle burnished geometric pattern in the black kimono. A great composition.
Artist - Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Image Size - 9 1/4" x 6 5/8"
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Thinning at edges, a few thinning spots, repaired. Slight soiling, a few creases. Please see photos for details.
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