View of the Brave Fight by the Women's Squad of Rebels, 1877 - Fantastic triptych depicting the women's squad of rebels fighting against Imperial Army troops at Kagoshima during the Satsuma Rebellion. In the center, a woman deftly wields her naginata with both hands, facing a soldier gripping a sword. Behind her at left, a soldier knocks loose another rebel's weapon with his sword, the naginata flying out of her hands above her head. At right, more of the women's brigade rushes forward into the fight, on foot and horseback. Pink petals drift down over the scene from the blossoming cherry tree at left, a symbol of the transitory nature of life, and a wounded woman sprawls on the ground at left. A dynamic, dramatic illustration, beautifully composed and detailed, with expressive figures, lively color, and burnishing in the black uniforms.
Artist - Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Image Size - 14" x 28 1/8" + top margin as shown
Condition - Finely printed with sharp, crisp detail. From a well preserved, almost untouched collection of Yoshitoshi senso-e. Not backed, three separate prints. Nice surface condition, smooth and not rubbed. Overall very good.