Tsukioka Yoshitoshi "Ota Dokan Decides to Study Poetry"
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Tsukioka Yoshitoshi's series of diptychs, "New Selection of Eastern Brocade Pictures," is another fine example of the artist's incredible abilities as a visual storyteller. Produced between 1885-1899 in 23 separate designs, the prints weave together complex tales popular in Japan into a visual medium (i.e. as a "brocade"). The woodblock prints are exquisite, detailed, and complex, archetypes for Meiji-era woodblock prints, and perfectly captures Yoshitoshi at peak artistic form.
In this design, the lord Ota Dokan is caught in rain and inquires about a rain coat. In deference, a young woman is contrite as she is unable to fulfill his request, and presents him with yellow roses (yamabuki) while reciting a poem. The encounter humbles Ota and inspires him to study poetry. The subtle rain printed in the design contrasts with the fine detailing in Ota's deerskin trousers, kimono, and hat. An incredible design!
Series: New Selection of Eastern Brocade Pictures
Format: Oban Diptych (each sheet approx. 9" x 14")
Publisher: Tsunashima Kamekichi
Condition: Some very light soiling, otherwise excellent with fine impression and color throughout
Shown matted 22" x 30". Framing available for local pickup only. Please contact us for details and pricing.
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892) was a master painter and woodblock print artist whose works have made an indelible mark on Japanese art and design to this day. His most famous series, "One Hundred Aspects of the Moon," comprise some of Yoshitoshi's best known designs.