Dawn Moon and Tumbling Snow

by Yoshitoshi (active circa 1840 - 1880)

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Dawn Moon and Tumbling Snow by Yoshitoshi (active circa 1840 - 1880)

Original Yoshitoshi (active circa 1840 - 1880) Japanese Woodblock Print
Dawn Moon and Tumbling Snow

100 Aspects of the Moon (Tsuki hyakushi)
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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.

Dawn Moon and Tumbling Snow - Fantastic image from the story of The Forty-seven Ronin. This original Yoshitoshi print illustrates the last scene of play when the Ronin attacked Moronao's compound. Shown here is Kobayashi Heihachiro, one of Moronao's retainers, desperately fending off the attacks of the Ronin. Beautiful soft color and fine detail in this print.

Artist - Yoshitoshi (active circa 1840 - 1880)

Image Size - 12 7/8" x 8 3/4"

Condition - A nice clean print. Backed with paper.

Dawn Moon and Tumbling Snow by Yoshitoshi (active circa 1840 - 1880)
Dawn Moon and Tumbling Snow by Yoshitoshi (active circa 1840 - 1880)

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