Original Einen (active 1894 - 1895) Japanese Woodblock Print
Harada Jukichi at Genbu Gate, 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.
Special detail - The text in English at the top of the title cartouche at upper right reads "Harada Jiuki-chi, a brave soldier defeat the immense enemies climbing over the walls of Genbu-Gate."
Artist - Einen (active 1894 - 1895)
Image Size - 14 1/8" x 27 5/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three separate panels. Paper remnants on reverse at top edge from previous mounting. Horizontal centerfold, vertical folds at sides. Creasing, slight toning and soiling. Please see photos for details.