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Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892)
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892)
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Property from a European private collection
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892)

Tsuki hyakushi (One hundred aspects of the moon)

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Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892)
Tsuki hyakushi (One hundred aspects of the moon)
An album comprising 100 prints from the series Tsuki hyakushi (One hundred aspects of the moon), including title page and table of contents (lacking memorial portrait of Yoshitoshi), signed Yoshitoshi and published by Akiyama Buemon, 1885-92
14 x 10 1/8 in. (35.6 x 25.7 cm.) each

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This monumental series was produced by Yoshitoshi at the peak of his artistic maturity and is widely considered to be his most successful creation. The series of 100 prints covers an astoundingly wide-ranging number of subjects drawn from Japanese and Chinese history and literature, Kabuki and Noh theatre, linked only by the moon which is present in each print. Although there is a tranquility to the series, there is a hauntingly beautiful undercurrent running throughout. It is said that collectors at the time would queue from before dawn to buy each new design as it was released, but still found that the edition sold out. See http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/gallery/yoshitoshi/series/Moon.html
Impressions of all designs are in many museum collections including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (go to www.mfa.org/collections), the British Museum (go to www.britishmuseum.org/research) and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (go to www.metmuseum.org/collection).
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