PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE DESCRIPTION. 100% Authentic Original Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892) Japanese Woodblock Print. 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. 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. Musashi Plain Moon - In ancient Japan, the Musashi Plain was thought to be haunted by magical foxes that would gather on the New Year. In his famous final print of "One Hundred Famous Views of Edo, " Hiroshige depicted foxes gathering around a sacred pine on the edge of the Musashi Plain, small flames known as "foxfires" floating among them. Powerful magical abilities were often attributed to foxes.
They were believed to be capable of taking on human appearance and mystically charming men. Often, unexplainable events were attributed to foxes. Here, a fox gazes into her reflection in the river behind her.The full moon rises behind and the underbrush is only visible in silhouette against the moonlit night sky. The night is full of possibilities for mischief and trickery for the fox. Evocative night scene with wonderful muted colors and subtle shading. This Yoshitoshi image is an incredible work of art and a woodblock masterpiece. Yoshitoshi's Musashi Plain Moon is one of his finest works and highly sought after by collectors.
If you've always wanted to own a Yoshitoshi masterpiece, this is an incredible piece! Artist - Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892).
Image Size - 13" x 8 3/4" + margins as shown. Condition - Excellent overall condition for this 100% original antique print with excellent color and detail. Please see all photos for details and condition.
You will be hard pressed to find this beautiful original print in any finer condition. This print (as well as the rest of my extensive collection) has always been safely kept in an acid-free art binder (shown in one photo) and stored in a cool, dark room to perfectly maintain this (and all of my other) prints. Please see my other listings for additional original woodblock prints.
Rules and Conditions - All sales are FINAL. PLEASE SEE MY OTHER LISTINGS. The item "Original Yoshitoshi Japanese Woodblock Print Musashi Plain Fox 100 Aspects Moon" is in sale since Saturday, August 12, 2017. This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian Antiques\Japan\Prints".
The seller is "kefaloniamd" and is located in Washington, District Of Columbia. This item can be shipped to United States, Philippines, Cayman islands.