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Title

(Yoshitsune in the mountains) , from the series The vicissitudes of the Minamoto and Taira clans

1885

Artist

Toyohara (Yōshū) Chikanobu

Japan

1838 – 1912

  • Details

    Alternative title
    Genpei seisui ki:Jû-go
    Place where the work was made
    Japan
    Period
    Meiji period 1868 - 1912 → Japan
    Date
    1885
    Media category
    Print
    Materials used
    woodblock print; ink and colour on paper
    Dimensions
    35.4 x 24.3 cm image; 37.3 x 25.0 cm sheet
    Signature & date

    Signed c.r., in Japanese, ink "Yôshû Chikanobu hitsû [and artist's seal]". Not dated.

    Credit
    Gift of Dr Roderick Bain 1997
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    160.1997
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Toyohara (Yōshū) Chikanobu

    Works in the collection

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  • About

    Produced in the mid to late 19th century, the period often referred to as the 'decadent' period of ukiyo-e, the subject matter reflects 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 reads: 'Yoshitsune left Yoshino and hid in the Capital to track the enemy movements. Perceiving danger, he decided to go to the north and seek protection the of (Fujiwara) Hidehira, and gathered his men in his wife's hideaway in Imagawa, Kyoto. Having agreed on the plan, the party disguised themselves as mountain monks. Yoshitsune's wife insisted on following him, so he took her and his baby with him.'

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Japan

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

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