Yoshitoshi Tsukioka, Gen’i Viewing the Moon, One Hundred Aspects of the Moon

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Original Japanese woodblock print.

Artist: Yoshitoshi Tsukioka (1839-1892)
Title: Gen’i Viewing the Moon
Series title: One Hundred Aspects of the Moon
Publisher: Akiyama Buemon
Date: 1887
Size: 23.9 x 35.8 cm
Condition: Red colour spotted near the artist signature, light soiling.

'One Hundred Aspects of the Moon' is one of Yoshitoshi's most popular series. It contains one hundred woodblock prints depicting various, unrelated figures from Japanese and Chinese culture, with the moon as its unifying theme and exploring a range of tones and emotions for the subjects depicted. Yoshitoshi worked within a traditional art form, yet his drawings incorporated western techniques and were unlike any style that had come before him. The series was begun in 1885 and completed just before the artist's death in 1892.

The man portrayed here is Gen'i, a high-ranking priest at the Hiei temple outside Kyoto. Historians note that he was at times involved in the political schemes of his day, having lived in the 16th century during the Warring States. Yoshitoshi captures him on a moonlight night, reclining hear the verandah of a temple. He contemplates the beautiful scenery before him and is inspired to compose a poem, which is added to the cartouche at the top.

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Print Format Oban (Vertical)
Artist Name Yoshitoshi Tsukioka
Title Gen’i Viewing the Moon
Subject Samurai & Male, Spirits & Religion
Dimensions 23.9 x 35.8 cm
Condition Report Red colour spotted near the artist signature, light soiling.
Series One Hundred Aspects of the Moon