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.
Minamoto no Yoriyoshi Striking a Rock with His Bow, 1876 - Terrific illustration of Minamoto no Yoriyoshi striking a rock with his bow, bringing forth a stream of fresh water, which became the Kitagamigawa River. According to legend, his troops were suffering during a severe drought in 1054, and the water saved the lives of his army. Dressed in full armor with a quiver of arrows at his back, Yoriyoshi prods the base of a rocky cliff as a small spring of water spurts up. The men behind him fall back in surprise, but the warrior continues his efforts. Wonderful detail in the carefully drawn armor and weapons. A handsome composition.
Artist - Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Image Size - 13 7/8" x 9 3/8"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. A few tiny tears at edges, a couple small holes, repaired. Slight toning and soiling, a few creases. Please see photos for details.