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Utagawa Kuniyoshi
Kuniyoshi, Original Japanese Woodblock Print, Great Battle, Samurai, Warrior Art

1852

$3,335.38Asking Price

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Artist: Kuniyoshi Utagawa (1798-1861) Title: The Great Battle of Kawanakajima Publisher: Yamaguchiya Tobei Date: 1852 Size: (L) 25.2 x 36.3 (C) 25.0 x 36.3 (R) 24.8 x 36.2 cm Condition: Wear on the bottom right corner (right panel). Slightly trimmed. Light soiling on the middle panel and light creases throughout the triptych. The Great Battle of Kawanakajima was built over a succession of earlier skirmishes, provoking the two generals Takeda Shingen and Uesugi Kenshin to end their conflict for all in this last encounter. In this dramatic design, Morozumi Masakiyo, Lord of Bungo and retainer of the Takeda is shown on the left-hand side on his horse, the force of his attack seeing his enemies tumble in a pile on the right. Facing the Uesugi clan, he holds a long battle spear and his signature flag, now rendered to pieces in the midst of the life and death confrontation. The entire sky is darkened by smoke billowing across and engulfing the scene. Kuniyoshi was often inspired by Western prints and paintings, fact seen in the way he chose to depict outlines and shadows on the horses, unusual for traditional woodblock print designs. He also took great interest in the depiction of ar­mour and of weapons. No doubt much of the clientele for warrior prints was pedantically knowledgeable on Japanese armour and weaponry, from first-hand experience.

Details

  • Creator
    Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861)
  • Creation Year
    1852
  • Dimensions
    Height: 14.3 in. (36.3 cm)Width: 29.53 in. (75.0 cm)Depth: 0.04 in. (1 mm)
  • Medium
  • Period
  • Condition
    Wear on the bottom right corner (right panel). Slightly trimmed. Light soiling on the middle panel and light creases throughout the triptych.
  • Gallery Location
    London, GB
  • Reference Number
    Seller: JG0919091stDibs: LU68235282482

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