Yoshitoshi Tsukioka, Rainy Moon, One Hundred Aspects of the Moon

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Original Japanese woodblock print.

Artist: Yoshitoshi Tsukioka (1839-1892)
Title: Rainy Moon
Series title: One Hundred Aspects of the Moon
Publisher: Akiyama Buemon
Date: 1889
Size: 35.3 x 24.1 cm
Condition: Backed, slightly trimmed, light red colour and ink running in the cartouche.

'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 Kojima Takanori, lord of Bizen province in the 14th century. Loyal to Emperor Go-Daigo even after being exiled from Kyoto, Takanori leads a small force to rescue him. The story is recorded in the epic 'Taiheiki' and tells how Takanori disguised himself as a peasant not to be recognised by guards and wrote a poem on the bark of a cherry tree as encouragement for the emperor. Yoshitoshi shows Takanori kneeling by a cherry tree and praying for the emperor's safety in the rain.

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Print Format Oban (Vertical)
Artist Name Yoshitoshi Tsukioka
Title Rainy Moon
Subject Samurai & Male
Dimensions 35.3 x 24.1 cm
Condition Report Backed, slightly trimmed, light red colour and ink running in the cartouche.