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The Night is Still by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

Item Number: 884600

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Item Type: Fixed Price Item
Item Category: Meiji Era, 1868 - 1912
Item Number: 884600
Price: $270.95
   


The Night is Still by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

Original Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892) Japanese Woodblock Print
The Night is Still
100 Aspects of the Moon (Tsuki hyakushi)

One Hundred Aspects of the Moon - Considered his masterwork, Yoshitoshi's series One Hundred Aspects of the Moon features one hundred oban size woodblocks, published between 1885 and 1892. These quiet and reflective prints, beautifully composed and drawn, feature subjects from traditional Japanese and Chinese history and legend, rendered with great sensitivity and emotion. The moon appears in all but a few prints, providing a unifying motif for the series.

Yoshitoshi's innovative designs for the Moon series are often elegantly spare, with simple backgrounds that focus attention on the human figure. He combines the western influences of realism and perspective with qualities from traditional Japanese and Chinese painting, such as the emphasis on calligraphic brushstroke. The figures are carefully drawn with beautiful linework, conveying a real sense of individual character, gesture, and emotion. Special printing techniques such as embossing and burnishing add a sumptuous touch where appropriate, but simple subjects are conveyed in a likewise manner, no less carefully observed.

Prints from the series were released singly or in groups every few months, with the final image completed shortly before Yoshitoshi's death. The series proved tremendously popular, with patrons lining up to purchase the new releases as soon as they became available. Today, One Hundred Aspects of the Moon remains Yoshitoshi's most well-known work, characterized by his artistry, compassion, and sensitivity in portraying the human experience.

The Night is Still - A luxurious scene of a long-necked noblewoman instructing her attendant to roll up the bamboo blinds. A full moon stands against the pale blue sky. The interior of the home is illustrated in vibrant colors of red, yellow, and green. A beautiful print in rich tones and fine detail.

Artist - Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Image Size - 8 5/8" x 13" + margins as shown
Condition - With excellent color and detail. Minor toning at edges. Nice margins as shown. Please see photos for details.


The Night is Still by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

The Night is Still by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

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