Moon of the Enemy's Lair

by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

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Moon of the Enemy's Lair  by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

Original Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892) Japanese Woodblock Print
Moon of the Enemy's Lair

100 Aspects of the Moon (Tsuki hyakushi)

One Hundred Aspects of the Moon - Considered his masterwork, Yoshitoshi's series One Hundred Aspects of the Moon features one hundred oban size woodblocks, published between 1885 and 1892. These quiet and reflective prints, beautifully composed and drawn, feature subjects from traditional Japanese and Chinese history and legend, rendered with great sensitivity and emotion. The moon appears in all but a few prints, providing a unifying motif for the series.

Yoshitoshi's innovative designs for the Moon series are often elegantly spare, with simple backgrounds that focus attention on the human figure. He combines the western influences of realism and perspective with qualities from traditional Japanese and Chinese painting, such as the emphasis on calligraphic brushstroke. The figures are carefully drawn with beautiful linework, conveying a real sense of individual character, gesture, and emotion. Special printing techniques such as embossing and burnishing add a sumptuous touch where appropriate, but simple subjects are conveyed in a likewise manner, no less carefully observed.

Prints from the series were released singly or in groups every few months, with the final image completed shortly before Yoshitoshi's death. The series proved tremendously popular, with patrons lining up to purchase the new releases as soon as they became available. Today, One Hundred Aspects of the Moon remains Yoshitoshi's most well-known work, characterized by his artistry, compassion, and sensitivity in portraying the human experience.

Moon of the Enemy's Lair - Fantastic Yoshitoshi print depicting Prince Usu, a warrior hero of Japan. In the story depicted here, Prince Usu snuck into an enemy compound and slew their leaders, soon after conquering their territories. In this terrific night scene, Prince Usu is shown infiltrating an enemy building dressed as a woman in a kimono decorated with flowers. With a sword held behind his back, Prince Usu pulls aside a curtain and peers inside. Fantastic scene and wonderful example of Yoshitoshi's work.

Artist - Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

Image Size - 8 3/4" x 13" + margins as shown

Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Small V-shaped tear, a couple tiny losses at edges, repaired. Slight toning and soiling, a few creases at edges. Please see photos for details. Good overall.

Moon of the Enemy's Lair  by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Moon of the Enemy's Lair  by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)