Yoshitoshi Tsukioka, Lunacy, Unrolling Letters, One Hundred Aspects of the Moon

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Original Japanese woodblock print.

Artist: Yoshitoshi Tsukioka (1839-1892)
Title: Lunacy - Unrolling Letters
Series title: One Hundred Aspects of the Moon
Publisher: Akiyama Buemon
Date: 1889
Size: 23.9 x 35.8 cm
Condition: Slightly trimmed, 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.

The design shows Ochiyo, a servant girl in the household of Toyotomi Hideyoshi. It is said that one day she received news that her lover had died and she went mad with grief. She wandered around the streets, rolling and unrolling the letters that he had sent her, until she also passed away. Yoshitoshi skilfully captures the tragedy of the story by depicting the girl with loose hair and bare feet, holding onto the unrolling letter scroll that seems to be floating as if it has a life of its own.

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Print Format Oban (Vertical)
Artist Name Yoshitoshi Tsukioka
Title Lunacy - Unrolling Letters
Subject Beauty & Female, Spirits & Religion, Kimono Design
Dimensions 23.9 x 35.8 cm
Condition Report Slightly trimmed, light soiling.
Series One Hundred Aspects of the Moon