Original Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892) Japanese Woodblock Print
Taifubo Kakumyo Kneeling before Kiso Yoshinaka, 1880
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.
Taifubo Kakumyo Kneeling before Kiso Yoshinaka, 1880 - Handsome scene of the warrior monk Taifubo Kakumyo kneeling before the 12th century general Kiso Yoshinaka (Minamoto no Yoshinaka). The general sits on a folding stool at right near the base of a large stone lantern, dressed in armor and a tall court cap. The monk writes a letter, his head bowed as he looks closely at the scroll of paper in his hand. Several warriors are gathered behind him, sitting on the ground under tall pine trees, watching Taifubo with serious expressions. A moody, atmospheric scene with the tree trunks looming over the men and the sky darkening as evening falls. Nicely detailed with touches of burnishing, and shading in the night sky.
Artist - Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Image Size - 13 7/8" x 9 1/4" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Slight paper remnant at side, faint crease at corner, a couple small spots, horizontal wrinkle. Please see photos for details.