Original Yoshiiku (1833 - 1904) Japanese Woodblock Print
Umagae, Chapter 32: Kan Shojo Michzane Ko, 1864
Series; Modern Parodies of Genji, 1863 - 1864
Umagae, Chapter 32: Kan Shojo Michzane Ko, 1864 - Fantastic portrait of Kan Shojo Michizane Ko in the play "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami." The drama is based on the life of Sugawara no Michizane, a famous scholar falsely accused of plotting against the prince and sent into exile, where he continued to write poetry. This fantastic image shows Sugawara praying on Mount Tempai in Kyushu during his exile, evoking a thunderstorm. He clenches a blossoming plum branch in one hand as he stares ahead angrily, jagged bolts of lightning zigzagging across the scene amidst dark clouds. His long hair falls over his shoulders with shorter hair sticking up above his head, and his face has the bluish cast of a spirit or corpse. The Boston Museum of Fine Arts has this image in its collection. A striking design.
Artist - Yoshiiku (1833 - 1904)
Image Size - 13 5/8" x 8 3/4" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Small losses and slight thinning at corners, a few wormholes, repaired. Fold at corner, a few spots, slight rubbing at edges. Please see photos for details.