Yoshitoshi Tsukioka, Zi Luo, One Hundred Aspects of the Moon
Artist: Yoshitoshi Tsukioka (1839-1892)
Title: Zi Luo, Reading by the Moon
Series title: One Hundred Aspects of the Moon
Publisher: Akiyama Buemon
Size: 24.4 x 35.8 cm
Condition: Light soiling, crease on the right margin, blue pigment spotted on the bottom.
'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 Luo was an important disciple of Confucius and one of China's Twenty-four Paragons of Filial Piety. Coming from a poor family, he was self-educated and he is remembered for his frugality and dedication to his filial duties. Yoshitoshi portrays him reading by the light of the moon, barefoot and with ragged clothes. The overall design is done in the Nanga style of literati painting, with emphasis on landscape. The colours are subdued, with Yoshitoshi's brushstrokes standing out, wonderfully carved by his engravers.
|Print Format||Oban (Vertical)|
|Artist Name||Yoshitoshi Tsukioka|
|Title||Zi Luo, Reading by the Moon|
|Subject||Samurai & Male, Landscapes, Spirits & Religion|
|Dimensions||24.4 x 35.8 cm|
|Condition Report||Light soiling, crease on the right margin, blue pigment spotted on the bottom.|
|Series||One Hundred Aspects of the Moon|