One Hundred Aspects of the Moon: Japanese Woodblock Prints by Yoshitoshi
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Yoshitoshi (1839-1892) was the last great woodblock print master of the Ukiyo-e tradition, and One Hundred Aspects of the Moon is regarded as his greatest achievement. The only complete set of the series, in the collection of the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, provides for the exquisite reproductions in this popular book on nineteenth-century Japan's most mainstream art amusement. Yoshitoshi was born in the city of Edo (Tokyo) shortly before Japan's violent transformations from a medieval to a modern society. He was keenly interested in preserving traditional Japanese culture against the inclusions of modernism, and his prints celebrate the glory of Japan in its mythology, literature, history, the warrior culture, and fine woodblock print tradition. This book will appeal to a broad audience of connoisseurs as well as the many who cultivate an interest in Japanese art.
109 Los , Ange les, and else wher e telling them of our desire to compl ete Over the twe nty -six years we gav e eac h other individua l pri nts the colle ction. A colle ctor who had a good dupli cate would offer it as gifts for birthdays and wedding anniv ersarie s, for Chri stma s and to us. A dealer in San Francisco would tell us he had seen an other causes for celebration. We enjoyed the opportunities to learn and to excellent print in Nara and would reserve it for us. While working
of the Ukiyo-e tradition. "moon viewing," or tsukimi, people arrange dumplings, eulalia, and seasonal fruitsin ritual offerings for future abundant harvests. Yoshitoshi used the phases of the moon and their symbolism as a com- One Hundred Aspects of the Moon mentar y on the hum an con dit ion. The art ist's own exp eri ences with Yoshitoshi's series, One Hundred Aspects of the Moon, completed shortly before his death in 1892 and publi shed between 1885 and poverty and mental illness
retaliation, Toyotomi Hideyoshi's army attacked and defeated Mitsuhide's forces. As Mitsuhide fled to his home province, he was ambushed by a group of peasants hiding in the countryside near Ogurusu. Here we see Mitsuhide approaching on horseback in the distance, unaware of his impending doom. 48 42 THE MOON'S INNER VISION (Shinkan no tsuki) June 1886 T he blind Taira no Tomoume was a twelfth-century warrior. He is shown here fighting for his life as he is attacked from behind. On his
(Yamaki yakata no tsuki) March 1886 K ato Kagekado was a loyal retainer of Yoritomo (1147-1199), leader of the Minamoto clan. The Minamotos' rival was the Taira clan, led by Kanetaka. One evening of a full moon, Yoritomo sent Kagekado and thirty others to attack Yamaki Mansion, the home of Kanetaka and the base of Taira operations. The clever Kagekado uses his helmet as a decoy on the other side of a paper screen to catch Kanetaka off guard. He quickly kills him and returns to Yoritomo with
enlisted the aid of one of his retainers, Toda Hanbei Shigeyuki, to break the siege at Nagashino Castle. Shigeyuki devised a plan that gave him the advantage of surprise and allowed his troops to successfully secure the castle. This print shows Shigeyuki overseeing the attack at dawn, proudly displaying an enemy's skull as his personal standard. 75 69 MOON ABOVE THE SEA AT DAIMOTSU BAY (Daimotsu kaijo no tsuki) January 1886 T he warrior priest Musashibo Benkei (d. 1189) was the subject of