Theater District Dawn Moon

by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

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Theater District Dawn Moon by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

Original Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892) Japanese Woodblock Print
Theater District Dawn Moon

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.

Theater District Dawn Moon - Fantastic Yoshitoshi depiction of dawn in Shibaimachi, the theater district in Edo. A young woman in the foreground wearing a fine kimono hurries home, the moon still in the sky and the horizon glowing orange just prior to dawn. Beautiful print and a great chance to own a print from Yoshitoshi's 100 Moon series.

Artist - Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

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

Condition - With excellent color and detail. Some light rubbing and soiling at edges. Please see photos for details. Nice overall.

Theater District Dawn Moon by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Theater District Dawn Moon by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)