Original Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892) Japanese Woodblock Print
Hitsu no Saisho Finds His Father in China, 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.
Hitsu no Saisho Finds His Father in China, 1887 - An unusual and compelling print from an ancient story. Karu no Daijin was sent by the Japanese government to be an emissary to China. For unknown reasons, he was arrested and condemned to serve as a candlestick, as shown in this scene. In this fantastic illustration, his son Hitsu no Saisho has traveled from Japan to find him. He discovers his father sitting in a chair at the Chinese court with a burning candle atop his head, his face and limbs withered and sallow, a mad expression on his face. Beautiful burnished patterning on the tattered black kimono, with additional burnishing on the black lacquer elements of the wall at right.. One of the most dramatic images from the series.
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, small spot, a few creases at edge. Please see photos for details. Nice condition overall.