Senso-e - Senso-e are prints depicting wars, most often the Sino-Japanese War of 1894 - 1895 and the Russo-Japanese War in 1904 - 1905. Primarily triptychs, these images filled the journalistic need for illustrations of current activities on the battle front, but also acted as propaganda, encouraging support for the wars and fostering patriotism. These prints emphasized the bravery and success of the army and navy, using dramatic designs and bold compositions, with customers eagerly purchasing the latest prints. Some famous Meiji era artists did senso-e, including Kiyochika, Chikanobu, and Gekko. By the time the Russo-Japanese War came around, woodblock prints had fallen out of favor due to competition with photography and lithography, so fewer designs exist from this time period as compared to the Sino-Japanese War.
Comments - Dramatic scene of a fierce battle taking place on the pontoon bridge at Jiuliancheng during the Sino-Japanese War. In the center, soldiers from both sides battle in hand-to-hand combat, a Japanese man kicking an enemy into the water as he raises his gun like a club. Several troops are already floundering in the water, with a Japanese soldier clutching a rope on the bridge as he grapples with an enemy. At left, troops advance into a volley of fire from gung and a cannon. A fascinating image with expressive figures and wonderful detail, also in the collection of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.
Image Size - 13 3/4" x 27 5/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three attached panels. Paper remnants on reverse at top edge from previous mounting. A few holes, repaired. Slight toning, a few creases and spots. Please note, due to the size, this print may be shipped rolled. Please see photos for details.
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