Original Toshikata (1866 - 1908) 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.
Nawa Nagatoshi - Handsome portrait of the warrior Nawa Nagatoshi standing at the stairs to the ruined Imperial Palace, grimacing angrily, his face partially hidden by the shoulder plate of his armor, which features an odd image of a boat. He holds his battle helmet, his gloved hand resting on the newel post of the stairs, broken objects littering the ground around him. A tattered reed blind hangs over the verandah railing above, evidence of the damage to the site after the exile of Emperor Go-Daigo. An intriguing subject with wonderful detail in the armor and weapons.
Artist - Toshikata (1866 - 1908)
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.