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.
Inaba Mountain Moon - Incredible, dramatic night scene showing Hideyoshi bravely climbing a hidden route to the Gifu castle. The daring plan to take the castle was successful due to Hideyoshi's ingenuity and courage. A huge moon dominates the scene placed low in the print to give the image weight. The moon backlights susaki grass, combining two of Yoshitoshi's favorite design elements. Hideyoshi carries a long katana stretching from the moon to the title cartouche in the print. A terrific Yoshitoshi design.
Artist - Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Image Size - 8 7/8" x 13" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Backed with paper. Slight toning at edges. Please see photos for details. Nice overall.