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Yoshitoshi

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Artist: Yoshitoshi Tsukioka
Title:
Fujiwara - Kyodo Risshi Motoi
Date:
1885, published by Matsumoto Heikichi
Size: full oban, approx. 9.625" x 14.875"
Condition: VG, minor flaws, slightly trimmed, not backed
Impression: Fine, solid key lines, nice surface texture, tight registration
Color: Fine, deep saturated color and bleed through to verso

About Yoshitoshi
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892); also called Taiso Yoshitoshi, is widely recognized as the last great master of ukiyo-e. He is additionally regarded as one of ukiyo-e's greatest innovators. His career spanned two eras – the last years of feudal Japan, and the first years of modern Japan following the Meiji Restoration. Like many Japanese of his era, Yoshitoshi was intrigued by the influx of new ideas and methods imported from the West that flooded into Japan in the second half of the 19th century, but over time he became increasingly concerned with the loss of traditional Japanese culture, including traditional woodblock printing.

By the end of his career, Yoshitoshi was in an almost single-handed struggle against time and technology. As he worked on in the old manner, Japan was adopting Western mass reproduction methods. Nevertheless, as Japan was turning away from its own past, Yoshitoshi managed to push traditional Japanese printmaking  to a new level, before it effectively died with him.