Yoshitoshi Tsukioka, Kazan Temple, One Hundred Aspects of the Moon

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Original Japanese woodblock print.

Artist: Yoshitoshi Tsukioka (1839-1892)
Title: Kazan Temple Moon
Series title: One Hundred Aspects of the Moon
Publisher: Akiyama Buemon
Date: 1890
Size: 24.5 x 35.7 cm
Condition: Crease on the right margin, ink on the left margin, 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.

In this design Yoshitoshi portrays Kazan who became emperor in 985. For much of Japanese history, the emperor was a figurehead, with real power exercised by the great noble families. In Kazan's time, the administration was controlled by the powerful Fujiwara family. With careful manipulation, members of the Fujiwara succeeded in convincing Kazan to become a priest and lose his sovereignty. In here, a distraught and sombre looking Kazan walks through temple grounds with a loyal retainer.

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Print Format Oban (Vertical)
Artist Name Yoshitoshi Tsukioka
Title Kazan Temple Moon
Subject Samurai & Male
Dimensions 24.5 x 35.7 cm
Condition Report Crease on the right margin, ink on the left margin, light soiling.
Series One Hundred Aspects of the Moon