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Title

Did I ever imagine that/ as the clouds of the high autumn sky cleared/ I would view the moon through a bamboo lattice window - Hidetsugu, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

10 Dec 1889


Artist

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Japan

1839 - 1892


About

The famed warlord Toyotomi Hideyoshi was childless until late in life. To secure succession, he adopted his nephew to whom he gave the name Hidetsugu. While still a soldier in Hideyoshi’s army, Hidetsugu showed great promise of leadership, but became increasingly cruel and offensive. The opportunity to dispose of Hidetsugu came when Hideyoshi finally had a biological son. Hidetsugu was confined in a temple on Mount Kōya and ordered to commit suicide. Accompanied by a loyal retainer in his last minutes, Hidetsugu is shown in deep thought, preparing for the ritual act and composing the death poem.


Details


Alternative title

omoikiya/ kumoi no aki no/ sora harete/ take amu mado no/ tsuki o min to wa - Hidetsugu


Place where the work was made

Japan


Date

10 Dec 1889


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

258.2012.75


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.75; Another edition was reproduced

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