one sheet; younger woman wearing blue kimono with white patterning and red trim wrestling with a wrinkled elderly figure with white hair, wearing a green and blue skirt and holding a knife in her PR hand; screen and door with tears in paper in background

The Old Hag of the Lonely House, 1872, 11th lunar month

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Yoshitoshi lived during a time of drastic and disruptive social change and is considered the last major ukiyo-e artist. He was born into a merchant family and became a student of Utagawa Kuniyoshi in the early 1850s. His earliest published print dates from 1853. Initially he designed images of beautiful women and actors in the Utagawa school style, but then shifted to a more realistic type of depiction. In 1858, he became an independent artist and focused on historical subjects. He gained a reputation as a "war artist" through his depictions of violence. After recovering from a serious nervous disorder in 1873, he started to illustrate newspapers. In the 1880s, he was much sought after and produced many great and important series, but illustrated also a number of books and was active as a painter.

Details
Title
The Old Hag of the Lonely House
Artist Life
1839 - 1892
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2017.106.109
Catalogue Raisonne
Keyes, Courage and Silence (1982), no. 280.3; Iwakiri, Yoshitoshi (2014), fig. 84, p. 284.
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one sheet; younger woman wearing blue kimono with white patterning and red trim wrestling with a wrinkled elderly figure with white hair, wearing a green and blue skirt and holding a knife in her PR hand; screen and door with tears in paper in background