Toshikata Mizuno, Samurai Warrior and Traditional Landscape

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Original Japanese woodblock print.

Artist: Toshikata Mizuno (1866-1908)
Title: Samurai Asking Directions
Publisher: Tsujioka Bunsuke
Date: 1894
Size: (L)35.4 x 23.3 (C)35.5 x 25 (R)35.5 x 22.9 cm
Condition: Wear and soiling, some of the tears restored.

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.

With a landscape that stretches across three panels and done in a minimalistic style that reminds of Chinese ink paintings, the focus in this design falls on the samurai figure on the right. His armour is rendered with great detail and his features are done in a more realistic style that shows Yoshitoshi's influence on his pupil.

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Print Format Triptych
Artist Name Toshikata Mizuno
Title Samurai Asking Directions
Subject Samurai & Male, Landscapes
Dimensions (L)35.4 x 23.3 (C)35.5 x 25 (R)35.5 x 22.9 cm
Condition Report Wear and soiling, some of the tears restored.