Yoshitoshi's Thirty-Six Ghosts - In this incredible series, Yoshitoshi illustrated thirty-six of his favorite tales from Japanese history and legend. From charming folk stories to bloody tales of revenge, the series is the work of the artist's maturity and Yoshitoshi explores the subjects with great subtlety and psychological perception. As interesting to Yoshitoshi as the ghosts and monsters, are the human beings to whom they appear. Yoshitoshi was immensely popular in the last years of his life and the ghost series was greeted with great enthusiasm and a rush to collect among the Japanese public.
Today, prints from Yoshitoshi's Thirty-six Ghosts series are some of the most highly sought after prints on the market. A wonderful area of collecting for the Yoshitoshi enthusiast.
The Peony Lantern, No. 27 - Terrific Yoshitoshi design from the famous ghost story "The Peony Lantern." The beauty Tsuyu fell in love with the handsome young Shinzaburo, and after she and her maidservant died suddenly, they visited the samurai each night as ghosts. He was however, unaware that they were spirits, and the story ends tragically after he becomes romantically involved with the ghost of his former love. Dressed in pale robes, the elegant beauty floats along, her servant Yone carrying the peony lantern at the end of a slender pole. Tsuyu's white under robe is delicately embossed with an allover pattern. A fantastic image from this timeless tale, drawn with beautiful flowing line work.
Artist - Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Image Size - 13” x 8 7/8” + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Please see photos for details. Excellent condition.