Toshikata Mizuno, Count Sergeant Kawasaki Crossing the Taedong River, The First Sino-Japanese War


Artist: Toshikata Mizuno (1866-1908)
Title: Count Sergeant Kawasaki Crossing the Taedong River on the way of Returning (斥候軍曹川崎伊勢雄氏八月三日夜単身大同江を泳渉して敵情を視察し敵舟に乗し悠然帰陣の図)
Series title: The First Sino-Japanese War
Publisher: Sekiguchi Seijiro
Date: 1894
Size: (L)25.2 x 36.6 (C)25.1 x 36.4 (R)25.1 x 36.6 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.

Toshikata Mizuno

Toshikata's position in the history of Japanese print is an interesting one - a kind of bridge between traditional ukiyo-e and modern Japanese print. He was one of the best students of Yoshitoshi, who succeeded in blending the traditional ukiyo-e style with Western realism. Toshikata later became the teacher of Kaburagi Kiyokata, who was to become the teacher of Ito Shinsui, Kawase Hasui and Kasamatsu Shiro, the artists who would lead the Shin Hanga (New Print) movement - the renaissance of Japanese woodblock print.

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Print FormatTriptych
ArtistToshikata Mizuno
Dimensions(L)25.2 x 36.6 (C)25.1 x 36.4 (R)25.1 x 36.6 cm
Condition ReportLight creases on the margins and small thin areas, pencil note at the top, pinhole on left panel.