Original Yasuji Inoue (1864 - 1889) Japanese Woodblock Print
Fujiwara Yukinari and Chujo Sanekata
Series: Foundations of Morality and Success
Kyodo Risshi no Motoi
Foundations of Morality and Success - Many artists created designs for this long-running newspaper series depicting both contemporary and historical heroes and heroines. These exemplary individuals were thought to embody values to both inspire and encourage readers. The series was published by Heikichi Matsuki of the Daikokuya publishing firm, a company established in 1763 and known for its high quality woodblock designs. Daikokuya commissioned leading artists of the day, such as Yoshitoshi, Toshikata, Kiyochika, and Kunichika, to create these wonderful designs. Beautifully detailed with fine line work and soft shading, these great Meiji era prints were singled out for recognition by the Japanese government when the series was completed in 1890 for encompassing such uplifting and noble subjects. First edition prints feature a patterned border in a variety of colors, while the 1902 edition has plain paper borders. A fascinating series and a great choice for a collector interested in life in late 19th century Japan.
Fujiwara Yukinari and Chujo Sanekata - Handsome illustration of the celebrated Heian era calligrapher Fujiwara Yukinari and the noted poet Chujo Sanekata. Apparently, the pair quarreled and Sanekata insulted the calligrapher, which led to Sanekata being exiled to Oku as governor, where he died. At left, Sanekata wears an elegant black court robe with a beautiful burnished pattern and a court cap. He appears to have knocked a similar cap from the head of the calligrapher, who holds his sleeve to his head in surprise, the cap on the floor at left. An intriguing subject with fine line work in the reed blind.
Artist - Yasuji Inoue (1864 - 1889)
Image Size - 14 3/8" x 9 3/4"
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Some toning. Please see photos for details. Good overall.