Kogyo Tsukioka, The Fierce Battle at Seonghwan, The First Sino-Japanese War


Artist: Kogyo Tsukioka (1869-1827)
Title: The Fierce Battle at Seonghwan
Series title: The First Sino-Japanese War
Publisher: Takekawa Risaburo
Date: 1894
Size: (L)25 x 36.3 (C)25 x 36.2 (R)25 x 36.2 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.

Kogyo Tsukioka

Tsukioka Kogyo was a Japanese artist of the Meiji period. He was a student and adopted son of Tsukioka Yoshitoshi, and also studied with Ogata Gekko. For most of his career Kogyo made pictures of Japanese noh theatre, either as large-scale paintings or coloured woodblock prints. Many of the latter were published in series and sold as multi-volume sets. Some sets have been preserved as albums in their original bindings, including accordion-style bindings known as orihon.

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Print FormatTriptych
ArtistKogyo Tsukioka
Dimensions(L)25 x 36.3 (C)25 x 36.2 (R)25 x 36.2 cm
Condition ReportSlightly trimmed, small hole on the margin on the left panel, thin areas throughout, light soiling and minor tears on the edges.