Original Yoshitoshi (active circa 1840 - 1880) Japanese Woodblock Print
Minamoto no Yoshitomo Battling Osada Kagemune in Owari Province, 1879
Series; Mirror of Famous Generals of Japan
Mirror of Famous Generals of Japan - Yoshitoshi designed this fantastic series of fifty-one prints of military heroes from 1876 to 1882. These dramatic images of famous warriors created a sensation with the Japanese public. Full of violence and intense emotions, Yoshitoshi's bold and innovative compositions tackled a historic subject using a modern style. His realism and drafting skill captured the important legacy of these national heroes at a time when Japan was struggling with the aftermath of the Satsuma Rebellion. Classic Yoshitoshi images, these dynamic prints are a great choice for collectors.
Minamoto no Yoshitomo Battling Osada Kagemune in Owari Province, 1879 - Dramatic scene of Minamoto no Yoshitomo battling Osada Kagemune in Owari Province. According to legend, Yoshitomo was ambushed and killed while visiting the baths at a hot spring. Here the unarmed warrior attempts to fight off his attackers, sending an opponent tumbling backwards head over heels while simultaneously trying to wrench a pole arm from another enemy. A third samurai sprawls on the ground, but eventually, Yoshitomo was overpowered and killed. Nicely detailed with touches of burnishing on the armor. A great depiction of this valiant samurai's final battle, full of energy and action.
Artist - Yoshitoshi (active circa 1840 - 1880)
Image Size - 14 1/8" x 9 1/4" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Please see photos for details. Nice overall.