Original Ginko (active 1874 - 1897) Japanese Woodblock Print
The Beginning of the Korean Incident, 1894
Comments - Intriguing triptych depicting the beginning of the Korean Incident, which helped lead to the Sino-Japanese War. Kim Ok-gyun was a pro-Japanese Korean revolutionary who sought refuge in Japan after participating in the 1884 Gapsin Coup. Korea tried to extradite him, but Japan refused. Kim Ok-gyun was lured to Shanghai, where a Korean man killed him at a Japanese Hotel, an act which incensed the Japanese. Kim Ok-gyun is shown in the center, floating upon a cloud of dark smoke and glaring angrily as he looks down upon a Korean castle or shrine. He wears a delicately embossed robe with a dragon chest plate, and a hat with a sheer black covering. His long hair and beard flutter in the wind. Ornate tile-roofed towers rise above the treetops at lower left, the red-orange color adding a lively note to the somber color of the background. A fascinating subject with beautiful detail and shading, also in the collection of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.
Artist - Ginko (active 1874 - 1897)
Image Size - 14 1/4" x 27 3/4" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Three separate panels. Horizontal and vertical folds. Large loss at edge, a few holes, repaired. Creasing, wrinkling, toning, slight soiling. Please see photos for details.