The Moon and the Abandoned Old Woman

by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

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The Moon and the Abandoned Old Woman by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

Original Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892) Japanese Woodblock Print
The Moon and the Abandoned Old Woman

100 Aspects of the Moon (Tsuki hyakushi)

One Hundred Aspects of the Moon - Considered his masterwork, Yoshitoshi's series One Hundred Aspects of the Moon features one hundred oban size woodblocks, published between 1885 and 1892. These quiet and reflective prints, beautifully composed and drawn, feature subjects from traditional Japanese and Chinese history and legend, rendered with great sensitivity and emotion. The moon appears in all but a few prints, providing a unifying motif for the series.

Yoshitoshi's innovative designs for the Moon series are often elegantly spare, with simple backgrounds that focus attention on the human figure. He combines the western influences of realism and perspective with qualities from traditional Japanese and Chinese painting, such as the emphasis on calligraphic brushstroke. The figures are carefully drawn with beautiful linework, conveying a real sense of individual character, gesture, and emotion. Special printing techniques such as embossing and burnishing add a sumptuous touch where appropriate, but simple subjects are conveyed in a likewise manner, no less carefully observed.

Prints from the series were released singly or in groups every few months, with the final image completed shortly before Yoshitoshi's death. The series proved tremendously popular, with patrons lining up to purchase the new releases as soon as they became available. Today, One Hundred Aspects of the Moon remains Yoshitoshi's most well-known work, characterized by his artistry, compassion, and sensitivity in portraying the human experience.

The Moon and the Abandoned Old Woman - Interesting Yoshitoshi scene of a young man carrying an elderly woman on his back up a hill to leave her there to die. In poor rural communities, it was often the habit to abandon old people when they could no longer care for themselves. The figures are dwarfed by a rugged pine tree jutting diagonally across the image, a full moon peeking from behind the branches. A handsome design minimizing the harshness of the story.

Artist - Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

Image Size - 12 7/8" x 8 5/8" + margins as shown

Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Some soiling. Please see photos for details. Nice overall.

The Moon and the Abandoned Old Woman by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
The Moon and the Abandoned Old Woman by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)