Ink of the Samurai - Alan Mitchell

This gallery is focused on the ancient Japanese warrior, the Samurai. In this gallery you will find ink paintings of different samurai. Included are ink portraits of famous samurai, ink paintings of the life of samurai, and illustrations of samurai during battle. This gallery only contains ink paintings from Japan.

This is a painting done with ink on a woodblock print and it is of a trusted samurai, Nakamura Kansuke Masatatsu. It is apart of a series of portraits of loyal and righteous samurai who ended up becoming ronin after their lord was killed and the paintings are by the artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi. The samurai is shown with one of his swords drawn blocking a bowl full of ashes that was thrown at him.
This painting is done on a woodblock print using ink and colors to fill draw and fill in the artwork. This is an illustration of a samurai protecting his lord from an attack and shielding him with his own body. It looks as if the attack is actually lightning from the sky and the samurai is keeping his lord safe from harm.
This is also an ink painting done on a woodblock print and it is a portrait of Sugino Juheiji Tsugifusa. It is apart of a series of portraits of loyal and righteous samurai who ended up becoming ronin after their lord was killed and the paintings are by the artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi. In this painting you can see the samurai lifting a curtain waiting for his chance to avenge his master’s death.
This is another painting done with ink on a woodblock print and it is a portrait of Yada Gorosawmon Suketake. It is apart of a series of portraits of loyal and righteous samurai who ended up becoming ronin after their lord was killed and the paintings are by the artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi. In this painting you can see the samurai preparing to block an incoming sword attack.
This is another ink painting done on a woodblock print and it is a portrait of Yato Yomoshichi Norikane. It is apart of a series of portraits of loyal and righteous samurai who ended up becoming ronin after their lord was killed and the paintings are by the artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi. Here you can see the samurai using a lantern to find his way.
This is a painting done with ink on paper. It shows a relaxed samurai standing in the upper left corner, upside down. It also shows a relaxing group of women sitting on a porch of a building with children all around them. This could signify a relaxing summer day of a samurai surrounded by family.
This is an ink painting drawn on paper. It shows a samurai sitting on a stool on a bridge guarding and protecting several workers and children working in a field or pond. The samurai may even be managing the workers making sure that they are working and not stealing what they are gathering.
This painting is done with ink on a woodblock print. In this painting you can see a very relaxed samurai taking a nap after eating and drinking and it has Japanese text written out using an ink brush. This is a painting of a samurai during the Meiji era by an artist who lived during the same period, and the artist's name is Shibata Zeshin.
This is a woodblock print done with ink and color on paper. This painting shows a battle in Kumamoto, Japan on the Ansei Bridge during the Meiji era. It shows several different samurai going into battle on the bridge. It also shows some warriors with guns and a commander on horseback telling the warriors to attack. The samurai are attacking with swords and guns from land and water.
This is also an ink painting done on a woodblock print and it is a written biography of Nakamura Kansuke Tadatoki. It is apart of a series of biographies of loyal and righteous samurai, and the paintings are by the artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi. In the painting you can see the samurai blocking bundles of wood with his arm and above the painting is a written text in Japanese about the samurai.
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