Moon Over the Pine Forest of Mio

by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

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Moon Over the Pine Forest of Mio by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

Original Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892) Japanese Woodblock Print
Moon Over the Pine Forest of Mio

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.

Moon Over the Pine Forest of Mio - Classic, original Yoshitoshi print depicting the warrior Takeda Shingen seated and looking out across the Mio forest, Mt. Fuji rising beyond. Shown in a fierce helmet, sword at his side, Takeda spent much of his life trying to win access to the sea for his landlocked province. The Mio pine forest and Mt. Fuji were considered the largest obstacles to his success. Lovely embossed detail in the white hair of his helmet and subtle varnished pattern on his red robe. A beautiful print.

Artist - Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

Image Size - 13" x 8 3/4" + margins as shown

Condition - With excellent color and detail. Backed with paper. Please see photos for details. Very nice overall.

Moon Over the Pine Forest of Mio by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Moon Over the Pine Forest of Mio by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)