The Battle between the Minamoto and Taira clans at Yajima [1185]

By: Yoshitoshi

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Title: The battle between the Minamoto and Taira clans at Yajima [1185]. Artist: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-92). Signed: Ikkaisai Yoshitoshi ga. Note that early on Yoshitoshi took the secondary "studio" name Ikkaisai and that 1865 was the last year when he used that studio name on a regular basis, although he used it occasionally after 1865. Date: date seal Kei-o 1(1865) and publisher cartouche. By 1865 Yoshitoshi was ranked tenth most popular Ukiyo-e artist in the Edo Almanac (Edo Saiseiki). Size: HxW 14.25 x 19.5 inches. Oban tate-e. Unframed Japanese woodblock diptych set, two sheets (the middle and right panels), originally from a triptych of three sheets. The two sheets gently glued together along the shared border. Condition: Very Good. Strong impression with the blocks apparently little worn. Almost no wrinkles or soiling or fading. No holes observed. Margins are trimmed. Unbacked. Two tape remnants to the back of the center sheet. Comments: Presumed early state of early printing. Bright aniline dye colors include purple, reddish-orange, pink, green, deep blue, sea-foam blue, medium brown, and light yellow. Masterful with regard to composition, color and dramatic intensity. Compare this 1865 print to the artist's debut print of 1853, when the artist was 14, a triptych titled, Bunji Gannen Heiki no Ichimon Horobi Kaichu ni Ochiiru Zu. (In 1185 the Heiki Clan sank to their doom in the sea.) See pp. 28-29 of Yoshitoshi: the Splendid Decadent, by Shinichi Segi. Even the debut print, while by definition immature, shows Yoshitoshi's "characteristically painstaking concern with detail and overall composition." The Taira fleet was ambushed at Yajima by Minamoto Yoshitsune and was completely destroyed. This was the famous naval battle of Dannoura of 1185 on the Inland Sea. Interestingly, the late 12th century has been shown (by dendrochronology) to have been one of the hottest and driest periods in the history of Japan. This weather meant very bad crops, which meant severe famines, which in turn meant increased social strife and warfare.

Title: The Battle between the Minamoto and Taira clans at Yajima [1185]

Author Name: Yoshitoshi

Illustrator: Yoshitoshi

Categories: Japanese Art, Japanese Ukiyo-e Prints,

Edition: Presumed First Edition

Publisher: Edo, Japan, 1865

Book Condition: Very Good

Type: Fine Art Print

Inscription: Signed by Illustrator

Size: Folio - over 12" - 15" tall

Seller ID: 005516

Keywords: Yoshitoshi, Ukiyo-e, Yajima, Dannoura