(Loyal retainer Tadanobu), from the series The vicissitudes of the Minamoto and Taira clans
Toyohara (Yôshû) CHIKANOBU
1838 - 1912
Produced in the mid to late 19th century, the period often referred to as the 'decadent' period of ukiyo-e; the subject matter reflect the feeling of unrest in Japan when the Shogunate Government was losing its grip on the rising powers of merchants & progressive regions. The subtlety of the pleasure seeking 'floating world' of earlier times gave way to depictions of emotional drama or violence taken from historical battles, stories of heroic deeds & the kabuki theatre.
Text inscription in work: 'Satô Shirô Hyôe Tadanobu put on (his master Yoshitsune's) sword and armour, and took on the scores of approaching temple soldiers of Yoshino. He ran up the five-story pagoda and jumped off at the back of the pagoda. One Rokusen of Yokokawa, a soldier monk reknowned for his strength, also jumped off and chased him. Tadanobu fought Rokusen, killed him, then followed his master to the Capital.'
Genpei seisui ki: Jû-san
Place where the work was made
Meiji period 1868 - 1912 → Japan
35.2 x 24.3 cm image; 37.1 x 25.3 cm sheet
Signature & date
Signed l.r., in Japanese, ink [incised on block] "Yôshû Chikanobu hitsû [and artist's seal]".
Gift of Dr Roderick Bain 1997
Where the work was made
Shown in 2 exhibitions
Referenced in 1 publication
AJIOKA Chiaki (Curator), Heroes and villains: from Japan's floating world, Sydney, May 2001, 6 (colour illus.). cat.no. 1.6