Original Kiyochika (1847 - 1915) Japanese Woodblock Print
Series; Foundations of Morality and Success (Kyodo Risshi no Motoi)
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Foundations of Morality and Success - Many artists created designs for this long-running newspaper series depicting both contemporary and historical heroes and heroines. These exemplary individuals were thought to embody values to both inspire and encourage readers. The series was published by Heikichi Matsuki of the Daikokuya publishing firm, a company established in 1763 and known for its high quality woodblock designs. Daikokuya commissioned leading artists of the day, such as Yoshitoshi, Toshikata, Kiyochika, and Kunichika, to create these wonderful designs. Beautifully detailed with fine line work and soft shading, these great Meiji era prints were singled out for recognition by the Japanese government when the series was completed in 1890 for encompassing such uplifting and noble subjects. First edition prints feature a patterned border in a variety of colors, while the 1902 edition has plain paper borders. A fascinating series and a great choice for a collector interested in life in late 19th century Japan.
Hojo Yasutoki - Great scene of Hojo Yasutoki, the third regent during the Kamakura Shogunate. A successful military leader, he led shogunate forces to victory over Imperial troops during the Jokyu War in 1221. He was highly regarded for his fairness and integrity, establishing the legal code of the shogunate. He wears full armor and a tall black court cap as he confers with his brother Tomotoki at the gate to a palace, surrounded by retainers and a groom holding the bridle of a lively horse. He had arrived to defend his brother from attack. The twisted branches of a large tree in the foreground provide a dramatic framework for this interesting view.
Artist - Kiyochika (1847 - 1915)
Image Size - 14 1/8" x 9 5/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Slight toning and soiling, stains. A few prints have a few holes or slight thinning at edge, repaired. Please see photos for details.