Foundations of Morality and Success - Many artists created designs for this long-running newspaper series depicting both contemporary and historical heroes and heroines. These exemplary individuals were thought to embody values to both inspire and encourage readers. The series was published by Heikichi Matsuki of the Daikokuya publishing firm, a company established in 1763 and known for its high quality woodblock designs. Daikokuya commissioned leading artists of the day, such as Yoshitoshi, Toshikata, Kiyochika, and Kunichika, to create these wonderful designs. Beautifully detailed with fine line work and soft shading, these great Meiji era prints were singled out for recognition by the Japanese government when the series was completed in 1890 for encompassing such uplifting and noble subjects. First edition prints feature a patterned border in a variety of colors, while the 1902 edition has plain paper borders. A fascinating series and a great choice for a collector interested in life in late 19th century Japan.
Fujiwara no Narihira in a Storm - Terrific image of the courtier and poet Fujiwara no Narihira and a young servant walking through a storm. Gusts of wind sweep over the pair as they struggle head, the nobleman clutching at his robe while his assistant grabs his hat. Fujiwara's face is hidden by a deep black lacquer hat, and the wind whips the straw raincoat worn over his olive green robe. His companion has straw boots tied around his feet. A beautiful, atmospheric design with burnishing in the black boots and a subtle burnished pattern on the olive green robe.
Artist - Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Image Size - 12 1/4" x 8 1/8"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Slight ink bleeding, a couple small spots, notation on reverse. Please see photos for details.