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Title

Usually I dislike a cloudy sky/ tonight I realise that a cloudy sky/ makes me appreciate the light of the moon - Gen'i, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

23 Jun 1887


Artist

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Japan

1839 - 1892


About

Gen’i is the Buddhist name of Maeda Munehisa, a 16th-century priest and astute politician hailing from the powerful Maeda clan, lords of the Kaga domain (today Kanazawa prefecture). Reclining on the veranda of a temple building, Gen’i gazes at the moon, shrouded by clouds, and reflects on how the material world separates the self and the Buddha nature (symbolised by the full moon). The poem in the title expresses his thoughts.


Details


Alternative title

tsune ni koso/ kumori mo itoe/ koyoi koso/ omou wa tsuki no


Place where the work was made

Japan


Date

23 Jun 1887


Media category

Print


Materials used

colour woodblock; ōban


Dimensions

39.0 x 26.0 cm


Signature & date

Signed and dated.


Credit

Yasuko Myer Bequest Fund 2012


Accession number

258.2012.56


Artist information

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Artist profile

Works in the collection

107


Place

Where the work was made
Japan

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 3 publications

Bibliography


Yuriko Iwakiri, Yoshitoshi Tsuki hyakushi (Yoshitoshi’s One hundred aspects of the moon), Tokyo, 2010. General reference; Another edition was reproduced

John Stevenson, Yoshitoshi's One hundred aspects of the moon, Seattle, 1992, (colour illus.). cat.no.56; Another edition was reproduced

Chris UHLENBECK, Yoshitoshi: masterpieces from the Ed Freis collection, Leiden, 2011, 135-136. General reference; Another edition was reproduced