Yoshitoshi Tsukioka, Inaba Mountain, One Hundred Aspects of the Moon

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Artist: Yoshitoshi Tsukioka (1839-1892)
Title: Inaba Mountain Moon
Series title: One Hundred Aspects of the Moon
Publisher: Akiyama Buemon
Date: 1885
Size: 24 x 35.8 cm

Original Japanese woodblock print.

'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 design is based on an event dating back to the civil war in Japan in the 16th century. Oda Nobunaga (1534 - 1582) planned to take over Saito clan's castle on Inaba Mountain and his young lieutenant Toyotomi Hideyoshi discovered an unguarded path to the castle that would facilitate the assault. With food and water gourds tied to their backs, Hideyoshi and his men climbed the steep cliff of the mountain, reached the other side and signalled the rest of the troops the right time to attack.

The large moon backlights the design, helping the daring warrior in his quest. Susuki grass growing on the side of the mountain is rendered in bold strokes, another favourite motif of Yoshitoshi and often seen in his prints.

More Information
Print Format Oban (Vertical)
Artist Name Yoshitoshi Tsukioka
Title Inaba Mountain Moon
Subject Samurai & Male
Dimensions 24 x 35.8 cm
Condition Report Slightly trimmed, some stains and ink on the right margin.
Series One Hundred Aspects of the Moon