Comments - Terrific Yoshitoshi illustration of the great battle on Gojo Bridge between the warrior monk, Benkei, and the young Ushiwakamaru, the childhood name of the noted swordsman Yoshitsune. The agile young warrior leaps into the air above the bridge railing at right, reaching for his sword as he easily dodge's Benkei's blows. Benkei grips a pole arm with both hands as he lunges forward, stepping on the white cloak that Ushiwakamaru has just slipped out of. An enormous full moon glows softly above the dark mountains, the curve of the bridge leading off into the distance. A fantastic interpretation of this classic tale, with the large figures creating a dramatic composition. Beautiful soft bokashi shading in the night sky, and burnishing in the armor and black geta clogs. A great subject for a samurai enthusiast or Yoshitoshi collector.
Artist - Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Image Size - 14 1/4" x 28 3/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three separate panels. Tear across corner, pinholes in corners, a few small wormholes, repaired. Slight soiling and creasing, very slight rubbing. Please see photos for details. Good overall.