Original Yasuji Inoue (1864 - 1889) Japanese Woodblock Print
The Soga Brothers
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.
The Soga Brothers - This charming print shows the two young Soga Brothers outside a home, each with a small sword tucked at his waist. Their father was killed when they were young, and the boys grew up to avenge his death. The older boy gestures off into the distance, looking at his younger brother who sits on a tree stump. Their mother watches from inside the doorway, regarding the pair seriously. A bamboo trough carries water to a stone basin behind the home, which splashes down onto a small stream below. A handsome print with fine embossed detail on the beauty's white kimono and the shoji panel.
Artist - Yasuji Inoue (1864 - 1889)
Image Size - 12 1/2" x 8 1/8
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Slight soiling at edges, notation on reverse. Please see photos for details.