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 illustration of the Great Battle at Gaiping during the Sino-Japanese War. The Japanese attack the enemy earthworks, rushing over the top and battling with guns and swords. In the center, an officer kneels atop a Chinese soldier, grabbing him by his pigtail as he draws his sword back. Another officer lunges towards a man carrying the Chinese flag, taking hold of the flagpole and sending the bearer tumbling backwards. At left, Chinese take aim as a cannon topples to the side. At right, a long line of Japanese troops disappears across the landscape. An action-filled scene.
Artist - Nakagawa (active circa 1895)
Image Size - 14" x 27"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three separate panels. Paper remnants on reverse at sides from previous mounting. Small repair, a few marks, slight rippling throughout. Please see photos for details.
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