Beisaku Taguchi, Japanese Navy, Haiyan Island, War Print
Artist: Beisaku Taguchi (1864 - 1903)
Title: The Great Victory of the Japanese Navy in the Vicinity of Haiyan Island
Publisher: Takekawa Seikichi
Size: (L) 37.5 x 25.2, (C) 37.4 x 25.3, (R) 37.3 x 25.3 cm
Original Japanese woodblock print.
Battle triptychs were produced in large numbers during the Sino-Japanese (1894 - 1895) and Russo-Japanese wars (1904 - 1905) to satisfy widespread interest in the progress of the imperial army and maintain popular support for the conflicts. The prints idealised the heroism of Japanese troops risking their lives for the emperor. As the demand for traditional woodblock prints fell in the Meiji era, many artists turned to wartime propaganda to make ends meet.
Beisaku Taguchi is an ukiyo-e artist who was active in the Meiji Period. Born in Tochigi, he learnt the basics of painting under Nakamura Banzan of the Shijo Maruyama school. When he was thirteen, he became an apprentice to Kiyochika Kobayashi (1847-1915), who was an ukiyo-e artist known for his newspaper illustrations and documentation of Japan's modernisation. Under Kiyochika's guidance, he produced many caricatures called Ponchi-e, debuting himself as a Japanese woodblock print artist. He became known for his artworks which depicted the Sino-Japanese War. Notable body of works include "Japanese Soldiers Attacking the Gate of Genbu in Pyongyang" and "The General Scouting in Heavy Snow".
Despite the government commissioning multiple propaganda images by Beisaku Taguchi, who produced dynamic depictions of the war, he became famous not propaganda images but for depictions of the sombre life of soldiers on the front line.
|Dimensions||(L) 37.5 x 25.2, (C) 37.4 x 25.3, (R) 37.3 x 25.3 cm|
|Condition Report||Some stains from glue, light foxing on the margins, vertical crease on the left panel.|