Yoshitoshi Tsukioka, Rendezvous by Moonlight, Taira no Tadanori, One Hundred Aspects of the Moon

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Original Japanese woodblock print.

Artist: Yoshitoshi Tsukioka (1839-1892)
Title: Taira no Tadanori - Rendezvous by Moonlight
Series title: One Hundred Aspects of the Moon
Publisher: Akiyama Buemon
Date: 1890
Size: 24 x 35.8 cm
Condition: Slight soiling, colour partly oxidized.

'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 Taira no Tadanori, one of the figures whose story appears in The Tale of the Heike. An accomplished warrior and poet, he showed great courage in his battles and eventually met his demise at the Battle of Ichinotani. Yoshitoshi chose to show a more intimate moment of Tadanori's life, a planned encounter with his lover Kiku no Mae. He has come to her quarters on a moonlight night, but unfortunately, she is kept busy by another lady visitor who doesn't seem to leave. Disappointed, Tadanori abandons his intent, while Kiku no Mae apologises the next day. Yoshitoshi captures Tadanori's impatience very well, looking at the bamboo blinds and making signals with his fan.

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Print Format Oban (Vertical)
Artist Name Yoshitoshi Tsukioka
Title Taira no Tadanori - Rendezvous by Moonlight
Subject Samurai & Male, Kimono Design
Dimensions 24 x 35.8 cm
Condition Report Slight soiling, colour partly oxidized.
Series One Hundred Aspects of the Moon