Original Chikanobu (1838 - 1912) Japanese Woodblock Print
The Chrysanthemum Garden, 1898
Series; Bamboo Joints
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The Chrysanthemum Garden, 1898 - Terrific scene from the kabuki play "Lord Kiichi's Three Books of Tactics." The retired warrior Yoshioka Kiichi is shown in his chrysanthemum garden, scowling angrily as he sits on a bench. Kiichi fought for the Heike, but his family had alliances to the Genji. Having written three books on battle strategy, he is unsure who deserves to receive them, as members of both clans are interested in obtaining his secrets. The young Ushiwakamaru (later Minamoto no Yoshitsune) of the Genji clan, has joined his household in disguise to obtain the books, and Kiichi's daughter has fallen in love with him. Here the beauty smiles over her shoulder at the young Ushiwakamaru, to whom she has already given the books. He holds the lacquer box containing the texts as he looks up warily, exchanging glances with the elder warrior. A wonderful interpretation of this scene, with fine expressive figures and a beautiful garden setting, the white blossoms delicately embossed. This image appears on page 55 of Bruce A. Coats's book "Chikanobu: Images of Modernity and Nostalgia." A rarely seen Chikanobu subject.
Artist - Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Image Size - 13 3/4" x 27 1/2 " + margin as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three panels, center and right panel attached. Slight toning, a few marks, light stain along side. Please see photos for details.