Toshihide Migita, Fierce Battle at Ai River near Jiuliancheng, The First Sino-Japanese War
Artist: Toshihide Migita (1863-1925)
Title: Fierce Battle at Ai River near Jiuliancheng（九連城畔靉河劇戦之図）
Series title: The First Sino-Japanese War
Publisher: Koyama Kinjiro
Size: (L)24.9 x 36.6 (C)25 x 36.3 (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.
|Artist Name||Toshihide Migita|
|Title||Fierce Battle at Ai River near Jiuliancheng|
|Dimensions||(L)24.9 x 36.6 (C)25 x 36.3 (R)25 x 36.2 cm|
|Condition Report||Small pencil note and light creases at the top, pinholes.|
Toshihide received his artistic name from his master, Yoshitoshi Tsukioka (1839-1892). He designed a wide variety of prints including actor prints, bijin-ga (prints of beautiful women), newspaper illustrations, kuchi-e (illustrations for novels) and senso-e of the Sino-Japanese (1894-1895) and Russo-Japanese (1904-1905) Wars. From 1887, like many of the woodblock artists who were trying to adapt to changes in art and publishing, he worked as an illustrator for books and newspapers, including a long stint with the Asahi Shinbun starting in 1897.