Scouting out the Enemy Situation near Denshodai, circa 1894

by Kiyochika (1847 - 1915)

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Scouting out the Enemy Situation near Denshodai, circa 1894 by Kiyochika (1847 - 1915)

Original Kiyochika (1847 - 1915) Japanese Woodblock Print
Scouting out the Enemy Situation near Denshodai, circa 1894

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, violent scene from the Sino-Japanese War of Japanese soldiers scouting an enemy position near Denshodai. Camouflaged with dry grasses, the men crawl along an embankment, ambushing a hapless Chinese enemy, who is swiftly bayoneted as he perches beside his gun. He flings his arms out, his hat falling off as he falls backwards, blood rushing from beneath his jacket. Tents of the enemy encampment dot the ground between the embankment and a fortress on the horizon. A sobering image from this historic conflict, detailed with fine shading on the landscape and sky.

Artist - Kiyochika (1847 - 1915)

Image Size - 14" x 27 5/8"

Condition - Nice color and detail. Backed with paper. Vertical folds between panels. Horizontal and vertical lines where backing papers meet.

Scouting out the Enemy Situation near Denshodai, circa 1894 by Kiyochika (1847 - 1915)
Scouting out the Enemy Situation near Denshodai, circa 1894 by Kiyochika (1847 - 1915)

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