Artist: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892)
Title: Mount Tobisu Dawn Moon
Size: Oban 9.25″ x 14″
Series: One Hundred Aspects of the Moon
Condition: Very fine First Edition. Strong color, no fading. Left edge was trimmed to image and repaired very well
Description: This print illustrates the Battle of Mount Tobisu. In 1575 the the forces of Oda Nobunaga and his retainer Tokugawa Ieyasu defeated the army of the Takeda clan. This was an important battle in Ieyasu’s early military career establishing himin his long career which lead to his domination of a unified Japan twenty-five years later
Price: $1300 for Original w/unframed giclee – $150 unframed giclee
Yoshitoshi – The undisputed master of Meiji (1868-1912) period art. Yoshitoshi’s woodcuts are now ranked beside those of Hiroshige, Hokusai and his former master, Kuniyoshi. Yoshitoshi became a star pupil of Kuniyoshi at the young age of eleven and, in 1853, designed his first published woodcut print at age fourteen. Until 1860, Yoshitoshi’s art was influenced by the dominant Utagawa style, but after that date he broke out into a striking form of artistic expression that was all his own. Daring color combinations combined with dramatic and expressive postures began to lead the way, quickly influencing an entire era of Japanese art. This is all the more remarkable when one considers that through most of his life Yoshitoshi was continually afflicted with serious eye disorders and mental breakdowns. At the time of his death, Yoshitoshi’s fame was so widespread that he had over eighty recorded pupils.