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 - Incredible image from the Russo-Japanese War of a Russian train crashing through the ice of Lake Baikal. The locomotive and cars plunge at steep angles into the icy water at the center, soldiers falling out the windows into the lake while others attempt to leap free. Another train steams along a track at upper right, seemingly headed for the same terrible end. A fantastic, dramatic illustration of this historic event, nicely detailed with fine bokashi shading. The Boston Museum of Fine Arts has this image in its collection.
Artist - Kokunimasa (1874 - 1944)
Image Size - 13 1/2" x 27 7/8"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three attached panels, backed with paper. Slight separation at end of fold between panels, repaired. Slight toning, a few creases at edges. Please see photos for details. Good overall.
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