Yoshitoshi Tsukioka, Hotei, One Hundred Aspects of the Moon
Artist: Yoshitoshi Tsukioka (1839-1892)
Title: Moon of Enlightenment - Hotei
Series title: One Hundred Aspects of the Moon
Publisher: Akiyama Buemon
Size: 24.5 x 35.8 cm
Condition: Vertical crease on the right, light wear and soiling, light foxing, red pigment partly spotted.
'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 Seven Lucky Gods have independent origins in Buddhism, Taoism and Shinto, and have been an important part of Japanese culture since the 15th century (Muromachi era). Although most of these characters have a courtly or scholarly appearance, they were popularised by farmers, merchants and artisans. Consequently, their treasures are practical things like rice, fish and cash, rather than gold or jewels.
Hotei is the god of fortune, happiness and guardian of children. He is associated with wealth and prosperity and was usually worn by merchants as a talisman for a good business. Yoshitoshi captures Hotei's joviality by depicting him in a semi-comic style, pointing child-like at the moon.
|Print Format||Oban (Vertical)|
|Artist Name||Yoshitoshi Tsukioka|
|Title||Moon of Enlightenment - Hotei|
|Subject||Spirits & Religion|
|Dimensions||24.5 x 35.8 cm|
|Condition Report||Vertical crease on the right, light wear and soiling, light foxing, red pigment partly spotted.|
|Series||One Hundred Aspects of the Moon|