The Village of the Shi Clan on a Moonlit Night

by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

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The Village of the Shi Clan on a Moonlit Night  by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

Original Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892) Japanese Woodblock Print
The Village of the Shi Clan on a Moonlit Night

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.

The Village of the Shi Clan on a Moonlit Night - An intricate print of Shi Jin on a summer night. A tattooed warrior, Yoshitoshi depicts the dragon tattoo that covers the majority of his body and implies both courage and toughness. A very nice print with interesting detail, nice color, and a balanced composition.

Artist - Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

Image Size - 12 7/8" x 8 5/8" + margins as shown

Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Faint toning, light soiling. Please see photos for details. Good overall.

The Village of the Shi Clan on a Moonlit Night  by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
The Village of the Shi Clan on a Moonlit Night  by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)