‘Sketches by Yoshitoshi (1882)’ – The Public Domain Review

Sketches by Yoshitoshi (1882) by The Public Domain Review

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839–1892) is widely recognized as the last great master of Ukiyo-e, a type of Japanese woodblock printing (literally meaning “pictures of the floating world”). He is additionally regarded as one of the form’s greatest innovators. During his life, he produced a large number of prints, estimated by some authorities at over 10,000 in total; this included many series of prints, many of great merit, as well as numerous diptychs, triptychs, etc. His career spanned two eras – the last years of Edo period Japan, and the first years of modern Japan following the Meiji Restoration…

His last years were among his most productive, with his great series One Hundred Aspects of the Moon (1885–1892), and New Forms of Thirty-Six Ghosts (1889–1892), as well as some masterful triptychs ….[Unfortunately] his mental problems started to recur.  He died on June 9, 1892…in 1898 a stone monument was erected in his honor.  It read: 

yo o tsumete
terimasarishi wa
natsu no tsuki

holding back the night 
with its increasing brilliance 
the summer moon

(Source: Wikipedia, Catalogue Raisonné of the Work of Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892))

This series of colored woodblock prints were produced in 1882 – All images from the series “Sketches by Yoshitoshi” at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi, Fukurokuju Writing with His Head, 1882

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi, Fukurokuju Writing with His Head (Series:Sketches by Yoshitoshi), 5/1882, Herbert R. Cole Collection (M.84.31.352)



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