Yoshitoshi Tsukioka, Mount Ji Ming, One Hundred Aspects of the Moon

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Artist: Yoshitoshi Tsukioka (1839-1892)
Title: Mount Ji Ming Moon
Series title: One Hundred Aspects of the Moon
Publisher: Akiyama Buemon
Date: 1886
Size: 23.9 x 35.8 cm

Original Japanese woodblock print.

'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.

Zi Fang sounds the flute towards an enemy camp underneath the light of a distant moon. Standing on the edge of a cliff, his robes dramatically swirl in the wind. Legend goes that when Zi Fang faced the enemy army of his leader Liu Fang, the strategist headed towards a high vantage point above the rival forces and played melodies from their homeland. The music was performed so beautifully and instilled such feelings of nostalgia that most of the hostile military routed. The sudden withdrawal caused the enemy leader, Xiang Yu, to commit suicide in the face of his clear defeat.

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Print Format Oban (Vertical)
Artist Name Yoshitoshi Tsukioka
Title Mount Ji Ming Moon
Subject Samurai & Male
Dimensions 23.9 x 35.8 cm
Condition Report Slightly trimmed, light soiling, partly colour oxidized, minor stains on top.
Series One Hundred Aspects of the Moon