Yoshitoshi Tsukioka, Moon of the Milky Way, One Hundred Aspects of the Moon
Artist: Yoshitoshi Tsukioka (1839-1892)
Title: The Moon of the Milky Way
Series title: One Hundred Aspects of the Moon
Publisher: Akiyama Buemon
Size: 24.5 x 35.7 cm
Condition: Crease on the right margin, light stains, red pigment spotted.
'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.
For this design Yoshitoshi takes his inspiration from a story and belief with Chinese origins. According to legend, the Milky Way separates two lovers, Orihime and Hikoboshi, and they are allowed to meet only once a year on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month of the lunisolar calendar. The artist portrays the two lovers on clouds in the sky, gazing at each other from a distance. The story is also the basis of Tanabata festival that became popular during the Edo period (1603 - 1868) and remains one of the most celebrated of the year to this day.
|Print Format||Oban (Vertical)|
|Artist Name||Yoshitoshi Tsukioka|
|Title||The Moon of the Milky Way|
|Subject||Male & Female, Spirits & Religion|
|Dimensions||24.5 x 35.7 cm|
|Condition Report||Crease on the right margin, light stains, red pigment spotted.|
|Series||One Hundred Aspects of the Moon|