Senso-e - Senso-e are prints depicting wars, most often the Sino-Japanese War of 1894 - 1895 and the Russo-Japanese War in 1904 - 1905. Primarily triptychs, these images filled the journalistic need for illustrations of current activities on the battle front, but also acted as propaganda, encouraging support for the wars and fostering patriotism. These prints emphasized the bravery and success of the army and navy, using dramatic designs and bold compositions, with customers eagerly purchasing the latest prints. Some famous Meiji era artists did senso-e, including Kiyochika, Chikanobu, and Gekko. By the time the Russo-Japanese War came around, woodblock prints had fallen out of favor due to competition with photography and lithography, so fewer designs exist from this time period as compared to the Sino-Japanese War.
Comments - Bold depiction of the Japanese warship Seikyomaru attacking the enemy during the Sino-Japanese War. Naval Commander Kabayama leads the attack from atop the deck, waving his sword high as sailors kneeling beside him fire shots. A Chinese ship at right capsizes, sinking into the turbulent sea as sailors are thrown about. Orange flames and smoke pour from another vessel that has been hit at center, the masts tilting as the ship lists. At left, men on a lower deck fire cannons at the enemies while shots explode overhead. A dramatic design filled with energy. Wonderfully detailed fine shading and touches of burnishing. Also in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Artist - Ginko (active 1874 - 1897)
Image Size - 14 1/8" x 27 7/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three separate panels. Slight paper remnants on reverse from previous hinge mounting. Holes in top margin from previous binding, repaired. Slight toning and soiling, a few creases. Please see photos for details. Good overall.