Woodblock Print 'Rainy Moon'
Woodblock print #78 from the series ‘One Hundred Aspects of the Moon’.
Artist: Yoshitoshi Taiso 1839-1892
Date published: 1889
Title: Uchu no tsuki (Rainy Moon) - Kojima Takanori
The scene: Kojima Takanori, the lord of Bizen province in the 14th century, went to rescue the emperor Go-Daigo after he was expelled from Kyoto. Here, Takanori kneels by a cherry tree in the garden of the inn where the emperor is being held for the night, praying for his safety. He wears a peasants straw raincoat against the rain and as a disguise.
This is a highly evocative design – in the stillness of contemplation, the viewer can almost feel the cold raindrops.
Impression: very good, laquer
Colors: very good
Condition: very good, unbacked, small stains and minor faults
Mounted, matted, and framed under glass. Framed in a brushed silver-colored metal frame.
Print: 35 cm H x 24 cm W
Frame: 50 cm H x 38 cm W
Reference: ‘Yoshitoshi’s One Hundred Aspects of the Moon’ by John Stevenson