Yoshitoshi Tsukioka, Kumasaka, Hazy Night Moon, One Hundred Aspects of the Moon

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Original Japanese woodblock print.

Artist: Yoshitoshi Tsukioka (1839-1892)
Title: Hazy Night Moon, Kumasaka
Series title: One Hundred Aspects of the Moon
Publisher: Akiyama Buemon
Date: 1887
Size: 24.5 x 35.7 cm
Condition: Background misprint, slightly trimmed, light wear and 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.

The character portrayed here is Kumasaka no Chohan, an outlaw priest and leader of a band of thieves. One night he ends up in a confrontation with Minamoto no Yoshitsune and his retainers and he is defeated by Yoshitsune's excellent swordsmanship. The story became the subject of a Noh play called 'Kumasaka' and Yoshitoshi captures the main actor in full costume. He wears a Noh mask and an elaborate design, while striking a dramatic pose.

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Print Format Oban (Vertical)
Artist Name Yoshitoshi Tsukioka
Title Hazy Night Moon, Kumasaka
Subject Samurai & Male, Kimono Design
Dimensions 24.5 x 35.7 cm
Condition Report Background misprint, slightly trimmed, light wear and soiling.
Series One Hundred Aspects of the Moon