Lunacy - unrolling letters, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon
1839 - 1892
Undoubtedly one of the most poignant stories and designs in this series. The protagonist is Ochiyo, who served as a maid in Toyotomi Hideyoshi’s household. One day, Ochiyo received news of her lover’s death. She went mad with grief and wandered around the capital, unrolling and rolling the letters he had sent her until she, too, died of exhaustion. Ochiyo is seen here walking across a bridge, tossing her lover’s letter in the air. The paper scroll, now in tatters after being read over and over, forms a circle that replaces the absent moon.
tsuki no monogurui - fumihiroge
Place where the work was made
Meiji period 1868 - 1912 → Japan
colour woodblock; ōban
39.0 x 26.0 cm
Signature & date
Signed and dated.
Yasuko Myer Bequest Fund 2012
Not on display
Where the work was made
Shown in 1 exhibition
Yoshitoshi: One Hundred Aspects of the Moon, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 20 Aug 2016–20 Nov 2016
Referenced in 4 publications
Natalie Seiz, Look, 'Lunar orbit', pgs.24-28, Sydney, Aug 2016, 26 (colour illus.).
Yoshitoshi: masterpieces from the Ed Freis collection, Leiden, 2011, 135-136. General reference; Another edition was reproduced
Yoshitoshi Tsuki hyakushi (Yoshitoshi’s One hundred aspects of the moon), Tokyo, 2010. General reference; Another edition was reproduced
Yoshitoshi's One hundred aspects of the moon, Seattle, 1992, (colour illus.). cat.no.77; Another edition was reproduced