Original Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892) Japanese Woodblock Print
Kesa Gozen, 1887
Series; Twenty-four Accomplishments in Imperial Japan
Twenty-four Accomplishments in Imperial Japan - Yoshitoshi's late series "Twenty-four Accomplishments in Imperial Japan" highlights important figures throughout the history of Imperial Japan, from both legend and real life. These terrific images include valiant samurai, brave retainers, loyal wives, and fantastic demons. Beautifully drawn with a wonderful sense of realism and finely printed with rich jewel-tone colors, these designs are a great example of Yoshitoshi's mature artistic style. A great choice for a Yoshitoshi collector.
Kesa Gozen, 1887 - Kesa gozen was a married woman being stalked by Endo Musha Morito, who became obsessed with her. She loved her husband very much and was afraid that Endo's obsession might lead him to harm her husband. To prevent this, she convinced Endo to murder her husband one night in their bedroom. She then cut off her hair and took her husband's place in the dark room. Endo murdered her, thus saving her husband's life. Yoshitoshi portrays Kesa Gozen at the end of her life writing her death poem, her shorn hair beside her. A fantastic Yoshitoshi illustration of this haunting and romantic story, with embossing on the white kimono trim.
Artist - Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Image Size - 13" x 8 3/4" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. A few stitching holes at top edge, repaired. Slight soiling, a couple light stains and marks. Please see photos for details. Nice condition overall.