Yoshitoshi: 5 works

A slideshow of artworks auto-selected from multiple collections

By Google Arts & Culture

Gekka no Sekko (Moonlight Patrol) (1885-12) by Tsukioka YoshitoshiMarsh - Billings - Rockefeller National Historical Park, National Park Service

'This print is part of Yoshitoshi's famous series "100 Aspects of the Moon" which depicts scenes from traditional Chinese and Japanese history and lore.'

Streetwalker by Moonlight (1887-06) by Tsukioka YoshitoshiMarsh - Billings - Rockefeller National Historical Park, National Park Service

'Yoshitoshi has depicted a tsujigimi, a prostitute of the lower ranks. He is likely referencing a verse by the poet Oshun Hitotose which reads, "Like reflections in the rice paddies - the faces of streetwalkers int he darkness are exposed by the autumn moonlight".'

Kinto Picks a Plum Branch in the Moonlight (1887-01) by Tsukioka YoshitoshiMarsh - Billings - Rockefeller National Historical Park, National Park Service

'This print is part of Yoshitoshi's famous series "100 Aspects of the Moon" which depicts scenes from traditional Chinese and Japanese history and lore. Yoshitoshi depicts here the highly admired poet Fujiwara no Kinto (966-1041), who was also a musician, scholar and Heian Court official, deriving inspiration for a poem.'

Gojobashi no Tsuki (Gojo Bridge Moon) (1888-04) by Tsukioka YoshitoshiMarsh - Billings - Rockefeller National Historical Park, National Park Service

'Yoshitoshi was intrigued by this story, depicting its scenes in several other works.'

Lady Chiyo and the Broken Water Bucket (1889-11) by Tsukioka YoshitoshiMarsh - Billings - Rockefeller National Historical Park, National Park Service

'It is possible Yoshitoshi was attempting to connect to another poem, one by Adachi Chiyino, who was a zen abottess. Her poem reads, "I tried hard to save the old bucket as the bamboo hoop was weakening, and about to break.'

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