one sheet; two falling figures, upside down, fighting; front/topmost figure wears light blue, red and purple garment on his upper body and light blue and patterned grey garments on his legs, with bare legs in URQ; topmost figure holds neck and arm of lower figure in his hands; lower/rearmost figure wears black garment on upper body, lined with floral patterning, and red garment on arms and legs with netlike patterning; lower figure holds upper figure's hair in one hand; white birds flying around figures; water at bottom, with figure in a small rowboat

Inuzuka Shino and Inukai Genpachi, April 1873

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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
Inuzuka Shino and Inukai Genpachi
Artist Life
1839 - 1892
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2017.106.112
Catalogue Raisonne
Keyes, Courage and Silence (1982), no. 280.8; Iwakiri, Yoshitoshi (2014), fig. 87, p. 284.
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one sheet; two falling figures, upside down, fighting; front/topmost figure wears light blue, red and purple garment on his upper body and light blue and patterned grey garments on his legs, with bare legs in URQ; topmost figure holds neck and arm of lower figure in his hands; lower/rearmost figure wears black garment on upper body, lined with floral patterning, and red garment on arms and legs with netlike patterning; lower figure holds upper figure's hair in one hand; white birds flying around figures; water at bottom, with figure in a small rowboat