Mirror of Famous Generals of Japan - Yoshitoshi designed this fantastic series of fifty-one prints of military heroes from 1876 to 1882. These dramatic images of famous warriors created a sensation with the Japanese public. Full of violence and intense emotions, Yoshitoshi's bold and innovative compositions tackled a historic subject using a modern style. His realism and drafting skill captured the important legacy of these national heroes at a time when Japan was struggling with the aftermath of the Satsuma Rebellion. Classic Yoshitoshi images, these dynamic prints are a great choice for collectors.
Yamato Takeru no Mikoto - Dramatic portrait of Prince Yamato Takeru no Mikoto directing some of his men. The son of the Emperor Keiko, Takeru was known for expanding Yamato territory during many military campaigns, using trickery and violence to achieve his ends. Here, he gestures imperiously as he looks sternly down at two of his retainers, who grovel on the ground before him. He grips a bow in one hand, and wears a patterned robe over red pants and furry boots. Another warrior kneels behind him holding a large red banner. Nicely detailed with metallic pigment that has oxidized to a dark tone on Prince Yamato's robe and on the circle on the banner. Great expressive figures in this handsome design.
Artist - Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Image Size - Page size 13 3/4" x 9 1/8"
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Paper remnants on reverse from previous backing. Small hole, repaired. Toning, soiling, a few creases. Please see photos for details.