Yoshitoshi Tsukioka, Horin Temple, One Hundred Aspects of the Moon
Artist: Yoshitoshi Tsukioka (1839-1892)
Title: Horin Temple Moon - Yokobue
Series title: One Hundred Aspects of the Moon
Publisher: Akiyama Buemon
Size: 35.2 x 24.2 cm
Condition: Light wear and soiling around the edge, slightly trimmed, paper residue on the back, brown stains on the back on the right.
'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.
This design shows Yokobue, an attendant to the empress back in Heian time. When a young man at the palace fell in love with her, they were forbidden to marry and he left the capital to become a monk at Horin temple. Yokobue travelled to see him on an autumn evening, but Yokobue refused to see her, afraid he would change his decision. Heartbroken, Yokobue left and became a nun herself. Yoshitoshi depicts her crying in her sleeves, her long robes typical of court fashion. Pine trees in the background allude to marital happiness, a stark contrast with the girl's sorrow.
|Print Format||Oban (Vertical)|
|Artist Name||Yoshitoshi Tsukioka|
|Title||Horin Temple Moon - Yokobue|
|Subject||Beauty & Female, Kimono Design|
|Dimensions||35.2 x 24.2 cm|
|Condition Report||Light wear and soiling around the edge, slightly trimmed, paper residue on the back, brown stains on the back on the right.|