Yoshikazu Utagawa, The Great Battle of Ujigawa in Yamashiro Province
Artist: Yoshikazu Utagawa (act. c.1850-1870)
Title: The Great Battle of Ujigawa in Yamashiro Province
Publisher: Kiya Sojiro
Size: (L)23.8 x 36.6 (C)25.3 x 36.4 (R)25.3 x 36.4 cm
Condition: Wear and tear, holes (including wormholes), slightly faded.
Yoshikazu started his artistic career as a pupil of Kuniyoshi Utagawa. In this print we can see the influence Kuniyoshi had on his pupil, from a warrior theme down to the depiction of the characters portrayed.
Uji river was the site of a series of historical battles in the 2th and 13th centuries. The scene captured in this battle triptych refers to the battle held in 1184 when Minamoto no Yoshinaka tried to wrest power from his cousins Yoritomo and Yoshitsune, seeking to take command of the Minamoto clan. However, Yoshitsune bravely led his horsemen across the river and defeated Yoshinaka.
|Artist Name||Yoshikazu Utagawa|
|Title||The Great Battle of Ujigawa in Yamashiro Province|
|Subject||Samurai & Male|
|Dimensions||(L)23.8 x 36.6 (C)25.3 x 36.4 (R)25.3 x 36.4 cm|
|Condition Report||Wear and tear, holes (including wormholes), slightly faded.|