one sheet; standing figure seen from back, pointing with PL hand, with open mouth and face in profile from PL; man is wearing a sleeveless red garment with light red cloud patterns, blue slacks and black boots, and a green and yellow head scarf tied with a white sash; man holds a spear; black column in background at right

Kōmyō-ajari, February 1874

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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
Kōmyō-ajari
Artist Life
1839 - 1892
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2017.106.121
Catalogue Raisonne
Keyes, Courage and Silence (1982), no. 289 [unlisted]; Iwakiri, Yoshitoshi (2014), p. 284.
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one sheet; standing figure seen from back, pointing with PL hand, with open mouth and face in profile from PL; man is wearing a sleeveless red garment with light red cloud patterns, blue slacks and black boots, and a green and yellow head scarf tied with a white sash; man holds a spear; black column in background at right