The Suicide of Saigo Takamori, 1877 - Dramatic image of Saigo Takamori, the leader of the Satsuma Rebellion, about to commit seppuku or ritual suicide following the defeat of the rebels at Kagoshima. Seated on a boat with two loyal retainers, he looks back over his shoulder as lightning flashes across the night sky above the masts of sailing ships in the distance. He chest is bared, his jacket and sword on the deck behind him, with a stack of papers and a portable writing set placed before him to record his final words. The warrior at right stands with his sword in hand, his lips tightly pressed together as he watches, the choppy sea covered with white-capped waves. A fantastic Yoshitoshi design, the sky and sea creating an ominous, atmospheric setting for this historic figure's death.
Artist - Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Image Size - 14 1/8" x 28" + 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. A few small wormholes, repaired. Overall very good.