Yoshitoshi (100 Phases)
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Kitayama Moon - Toyohara Sumiaki


Artist: Yoshitoshi (100 Phases)
Date: 5th June 1886
Size/Format: Oban Tate-e (9.5 by 14.5 ins approx.)
Description: Sumiaki carries a flute and wears a brocade robe and his black hat of office. The way the cloth wraps around him, in sympathy with his gesture of fear, is typical of the way Yoshitoshi intensifies mood through the details of his designs - there is more than the wind at work in the movement of this heavy fabric. Susuki grasses echo the robe’s movement, besides indicating the wildness of the moors. The moon stares balefully through a gap in the clouds ­it is not friendly. In some impressions, the sky is sometimes printed an ominous red colour. The moon has a raised, unprinted edge left in relief, accented by the lightest of grey shadows, while deep black shadows edge the clouds. The treatment is striking and sophisticated. The drawing of the two wolves is taken directly from a book illustration by Kuniyoshi, Yoshitoshi’s teacher.
Series: 100 Phases of The Moon
Publisher: Akiyama Buemon
Condition: Fine. Retains original Japanese album backing.
Impression: Fine.
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