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.
Infantry Second Lieutenant Ueda Kan, 1904 - Intriguing illustration from the Russo-Japanese War of a Japanese soldier aiding a wounded Russian enemy. He kneels with one hand on the shoulder of the fallen man, whose head and upper arm are wrapped in bandages. The Japanese officer calmly faces a Russian infantryman aiming a gun at him from just over the edge of hill at left, where clouds of smoke billow into the sky from the continuing battle. Beautifully composed and detailed with soft shading in the ground and clouds, cloth embossing on the text inset at upper right, and burnishing on the black scabbard.
Artist - Toshihide (1863 - 1925)
Image Size - 14 1/4" x 28 1/4" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three separate panels. Please see photos for details. Nice overall.