Yoshitoshi Tsukioka, Nakamaro, One Hundred Aspects of the Moon
Artist: Yoshitoshi Tsukioka (1839-1892)
Title: Nakamaro views the moon in China
Series title: One Hundred Aspects of the Moon
Publisher: Akiyama Buemon
Size: 23.9 x 35.7 cm
Condition: Light soiling, slightly faded, some blue pigment on the top.
'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 print shows two court officials and friends, one known as Abe no Nakamaro and the other thought to be Kibi no Makibi. Nakamaro was an accomplished poet and mathematician who was chosen for a foreign mission in China. While they travelled together, the friends are separated, with Nakamaro never to return to Japan. While the design suggests that the two friends are gazing at the moon together, the pillar in the centre of the composition suggests their sad separation.
|Print Format||Oban (Vertical)|
|Artist Name||Yoshitoshi Tsukioka|
|Title||Nakamaro views the moon in China|
|Subject||Samurai & Male|
|Dimensions||23.9 x 35.7 cm|
|Condition Report||Light soiling, slightly faded, some blue pigment on the top.|
|Series||One Hundred Aspects of the Moon|