Yoshitoshi Tsukioka, Minamoto no Hiromasa, One Hundred Aspects of the Moon

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Original Japanese woodblock print.

Artist: Yoshitoshi Tsukioka (1839-1892)
Title: Suzaku Gate Moon
Series title: One Hundred Aspects of the Moon
Publisher: Akiyama Buemon
Date: 1886
Size: 24.5 x 35.7 cm
Condition: Crease on the right margin, light watermark on the bottom.

'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 shows Minamoto no Hiromasa, also known as Hakuga Sammi. A famous musician skilled at playing several instruments, he is said to have learned the flute from the blind Semimaru, one of the most respected players of his time. Yoshitoshi depicts Hiromasa playing the flute with an unknown companion, a duet under the quiet moonlight at Daidairi in Kyoto.

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Print Format Oban (Vertical)
Artist Name Yoshitoshi Tsukioka
Title Suzaku Gate Moon
Subject Samurai & Male
Dimensions 24.5 x 35.7 cm
Condition Report Crease on the right margin, light watermark on the bottom.
Series One Hundred Aspects of the Moon