Original Shogetsu (active circa 1880 - 1890) Japanese Woodblock Print
Saigo Takamori and Samurai Arguing, 1878
Senso-e - Senso-e are prints depicting wars, most often the Sino-Japanese War of 1894 - 1895 and the Russo-Japanese War in 1904 - 1905. Primarily triptychs, these images filled the journalistic need for illustrations of current activities on the battle front, but also acted as propaganda, encouraging support for the wars and fostering patriotism. These prints emphasized the bravery and success of the army and navy, using dramatic designs and bold compositions, with customers eagerly purchasing the latest prints. Some famous Meiji era artists did senso-e, including Kiyochika, Chikanobu, and Gekko. By the time the Russo-Japanese War came around, woodblock prints had fallen out of favor due to competition with photography and lithography, so fewer designs exist from this time period as compared to the Sino-Japanese War.
Artist - Shogetsu (active circa 1880 - 1890)
Image Size - 14 1/8" x 28" + margin as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three attached panels, backed with paper. A couple holes, slight separation at ends of vertical fold at side, repaired. Slight soiling. Please see photos for details.