Original Yasuji Inoue (1864 - 1889) Japanese Woodblock Print
Murakami Yoshimitsu Retrieving His Clan's Banner
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.
Murakami Yoshimitsu Retrieving His Clan's Banner - Dressed as a yamabushi or mountain monk, the warrior Murakami Yoshimitsu retrieves his clan's banner from the enemy. He sends two samurai tumbling to the ground at a courtyard entrance, both men tumbling onto their backs. He grabs the banner with one hand, his adversary still clutching it as he sprawls on the ground. The monk wears a short white jacket and a small black court cap, a portable shrine strapped to his back. Nicely detailed with fine line work in the faces and hair and soft shading in the background.
Artist - Yasuji Inoue (1864 - 1889)
Image Size - 12 1/2" x 8 1/8"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Notation on reverse. Please see photos for details.