Yoshitoshi Tsukioka, Matsunaga Harumatsu, Selection of One Hundred Warriors
Artist: Yoshitoshi Tsukioka (1839-1892)
Title: Matsunaga Harumatsu
Series title: Selection of 100 Warriors
Size: 35.5 x 23.8 cm
Condition: Backed, slightly trimmed, minor stains in the middle and bottom, crease on left bottom corner.
The gruesome battles that took place during the transition from shogunal to imperial rule in 1868 greatly influenced Yoshitoshi and the themes he depicted during this turbulent time. In the series 'Selection of One Hundred Warriors', Yoshitoshi borrows names of ancient and modern heroes, but in reality the men depicted refer to those involved in the Shogitai incident. The group supported the last shogun and confronted the imperial forces in the Battle of Ueno in 1868. The gruesome circumstances of this struggle may have influenced the graphically violent compositions of some designs in the series. The application of shading for the facial features and the dramatic expressions rendered with great realism suggest suffering and mourning of a dying era.
|Print Format||Oban (Vertical)|
|Artist Name||Yoshitoshi Tsukioka|
|Subject||Samurai & Male|
|Dimensions||35.5 x 23.8 cm|
|Condition Report||Backed, slightly trimmed, minor stains in the middle and bottom, crease on left bottom corner.|