Yoshitoshi Tsukioka, Matsuo Basho and Two Farmers, One Hundred Aspects of the Moon
Artist: Yoshitoshi Tsukioka (1839-1892)
Title: 'Since the Crescent Moon I have Been Waiting for Tonight'
Series title: One Hundred Aspects of the Moon
Publisher: Akiyama Buemon
Size: 24.5 x 35.8 cm
Condition: Crease on the right 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.
This design is the last of the series and Yoshitoshi chose to depict Matsuo Basho, the great haiku poet, joining two farmers celebrating the mid-autumn festival. The farmers sit on a straw mat and are having a feast with cakes and sake. Basho leans on his walking staff and looks at them, grateful for the invitation. While the poet was born in a samurai family, he preferred a more frugal life, suggested here by his robes of a lay priest that he wore on his journeys. While coming from different backgrounds, Yoshitoshi suggests that the celebration of the moon gives them a common ground. As with the rest of the designs in the series, this is proof of Yoshitoshi's sensitivity and his master rendition of human emotions.
|Print Format||Oban (Vertical)|
|Artist Name||Yoshitoshi Tsukioka|
|Title||'Since the Crescent Moon I have Been Waiting for Tonight'|
|Subject||Samurai & Male, Others|
|Dimensions||24.5 x 35.8 cm|
|Condition Report||Crease on the right margin, light soiling.|
|Series||One Hundred Aspects of the Moon|