Tsukioka Yoshitoshi, "Fujiwara no Kinto Picks Plum Blossom"
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Fujiwara no Kinto is one of Japan's most famous classical poets from the Heian period, whose most influential text compiled works from thirty-six of the greatest poets up to his time. In this design, Fujiwara no Kinto admires a branch of a plum blossom after a snowfall. The cartouche contains a poem: "In the midst of glimmering whiteness / among the night's moon-shadows / I part the snow and pluck plum blossoms." An intricate design printed with
black lacquer ink adorns his robe.
Series: One Hundred Aspects of the Moon
Publisher: Akiyama Buemon
Condition: Unbacked and untrimmed; excellent color and condition
Frame Shown: 16" x 24", Classic Wood, Walnut
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi's (1839-1892) Tsuki hyakushi (One Hundred Aspects of the Moon) series of woodblock prints make up some of Yoshitoshi's most recognizable and popular designs today. A number of highly influential compositions make up this series, which illustrates Chinese and Japanese history, folklore, and literature with the moon as a unifying theme. Taken as a whole, Yoshitoshi's "One Hundred Aspects of the Moon" is a masterpiece showcasing Yoshitoshi's tremendous talent as an artist and his deep sentimental connection to Japan's rich cultural history.