Yoshitoshi Tsukioka, Takakura, One Hundred Aspects of the Moon
Artist: Yoshitoshi Tsukioka (1839-1892)
Title: Takakura Moon
Series title: One Hundred Aspects of the Moon
Publisher: Akiyama Buemon
Size: 35.2 x 24.3 cm
Condition: Wear and soiling, tears restored on the bottom, ink spotted on the right, wormholes restored on left, small holes on the right, paper residue on the back.
'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 is inspired by an episode from The Tale of the Heike which recounts the rivalry between the Taira and Minamoto clans back in the 12th century. Prince Mochihito supposedly had more claim to the throne than Taira no Kiyomori's grandson and many loyal to the cause swore to overthrow the current ruler. The plans were however uncovered and Prince Mochihito had to escape his residence dressed as a woman to avoid being recognised by his pursuers. One retainer called Nobutsura stayed behind to defend the mansion and is seen in the print kneeling and looking at the escaping figures.
|Print Format||Oban (Vertical)|
|Artist Name||Yoshitoshi Tsukioka|
|Subject||Samurai & Male|
|Dimensions||35.2 x 24.3 cm|
|Condition Report||Wear and soiling, tears restored on the bottom, ink spotted on the right, wormholes restored on left, small holes on the right, paper residue on the back.|