Yoshitoshi Tsukioka, Kumonryu, One Hundred Aspects of the Moon

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Artist: Yoshitoshi Tsukioka (1839 – 1892)
Title: Kumonryu Shishin on a moonlit night in the village of the Shi-clan
Series: One Hundred Aspects of the Moon
Publisher: Akiyama Buemon
Date: 1885
Size: 25.3 x 37 cm

 

During his career Yoshitoshi designed several prints devoted to the Suikoden theme, which is not surprising considering his apprenticeship with Kuniyoshi, the master of the genre. One of the best known Suikoden heroes, the tattooed Kumonryu Shishin, apparently is a Yoshitoshi favourite and he appears in the artist’s prints more than once. By far the most celebrated example is the portrayal that is part of the series ‘One Hundred Aspects of the Moon’. Usually Kumonryu is shown in spectacular fighting scenes, but in Yoshitoshi’s version the hero is seated on a bench underneath a weeping willow, calm and collected, on a moonlit night. His pose and facial expression are marks of self-confidence and toughness, with a touch of arrogance. Unlike Kuniyoshi’s version from Suikoden, Yoshitoshi managed to give his design an aura of serene expression and beauty, by combining only the most essential elements in a well-balanced composition.

 

Hokusai (1760 – 1849) was the first print artist to illustrate Suikoden, and Yoshitoshi’s teacher, Kuniyoshi, made his reputation with a flamboyant series of designs from the novel in 1827.

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Artist Name Yoshitoshi Tsukioka
Title Kumonryu Shishin on a Moonlit Night in the Village of the Shi-clan
Subject Samurai & Male
Condition Report Light creases and minor soiling on the margins., Very small thin area on the left-hand side margin.
Dimensions 25.3 × 37 cm
Series One Hundred Aspects of the Moon