Yoshitoshi Tsukioka, Katada Bay, Saito Kuranosuke, One Hundred Aspects of the Moon
Artist: Yoshitoshi Tsukioka (1839-1892)
Title: Katada Bay Moon, Saito Kuranosuke
Series title: One Hundred Aspects of the Moon
Publisher: Akiyama Buemon
Size: 24.4 x 35.7 cm
Condition: Crease on the right margin, slightly trimmed, minor stains on the bottom due to old glue, partly colour oxidized.
'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.
Saito Kuranosuke served Akechi Mitsuhide, who killed Oda Nobunaga in 1582. After the assassination, Kuranosuke and his son fled to Katada Bay to the western shore of Lake Biwa, near Kyoto. Although they found refuge, they were soon discovered and Kuranosuke received capital punishment, with his son allowed to live and becoming a monk. Yoshitoshi portrays Kuranosuke with his horse, looking at the serene surface of the lake behind him, lit by the moon. His worried demeanour is wonderfully captured, strands of hair out of place, showing the artist's skill at depicting emotions in the most subtle of details.
|Print Format||Oban (Vertical)|
|Artist Name||Yoshitoshi Tsukioka|
|Title||Katada Bay Moon, Saito Kuranosuke|
|Subject||Samurai & Male, Animal & Birds|
|Dimensions||24.4 x 35.7 cm|
|Condition Report||Crease on the right margin, slightly trimmed, minor stains on the bottom due to old glue, partly colour oxidized.|
|Series||One Hundred Aspects of the Moon|