Original Toshihide (1863 - 1925) Japanese Woodblock Print
Risking Certain Death, a Japanese Soldier Reconnoiters the Enemy Positions at the Taedong River, 1894
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.
Comments - Terrific Sino-Japanese War portrait of an officer standing at the edge of the Taedong River, looking across the water at the enemy troops gathered along the shore. Flags and tents can be seen above the foliage, and a full moon glows high overhead in the softly shaded gray night sky. The soldier leans forward with his hand on a wooden piling, his face keenly alert as the water laps about his ankles. A striking composition, beautifully rendered with fine bokashi shading and burnishing on the black belt.
Artist - Toshihide (1863 - 1925)
Image Size - 13 3/4" x 27"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three separate panels, left panel backed with paper. A few light creases. Please see photos for details.