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.
Inuyama Dosetsu Tadaoki Flying in Smoke - Terrific depiction of the magician Inuyama Dosetsu Tadaoki flying in a cloud of smoke. He clasps his hand before him in a magical gesture, paper-wrapped pine branches clenched between his teeth as he invokes a spell. His long hair falls over his shoulder, his yellow robe whipping in the wind as the smoke drifts upwards. Tadaoki will use his magic to avenge the murder of his sister and father. A great design.
Artist - Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Image Size - 9 1/2" x 7 5/8" + top margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Small loss at edge, stitching holes at side, a couple small holes and thinning spots, repaired. Slight soiling, a few creases. Please see photos for details.
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