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 - Dramatic battle scene from the Sino-Japanese War of the Japanese First Army attacking Fengtianfu. In the center, a Japanese officer on horseback pursues a mounted Chinese warrior, striking the pole arm from his hand with his sword, their horses' hooves kicking up clumps of snow as they ride. Another Chinese man attempts to flee at right, running from his attacker. A diagonal line of Japanese troops can be seen along the hillside at upper left, firing into the frightened Chinese soldiers outside a large palace complex. A pale yellow full moon glows in the wintry gray sky above distant mountains. A lively design, nicely composed and detailed with burnishing on the black uniforms and cloth embossing on the white title cartouche.
Artist - Nobukazu (1874 - 1944)
Image Size - 14" x 27 1/4"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three separate panels. Paper remnants on reverse at sides from previous mounting. Light wrinkling throughout, a few small marks. Please see photos for details.
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