Ochiai (Utagawa) Yoshiiku: Torii Matasuke (Sold)

Ochiai Yoshiiku

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Artist: Ochiai (Utagawa) Yoshiiku (1833-1904)
Title: Torii Matasuke
Series: 28 Famous Murders with Verse (Eimei nijûhasshûku)
Date: 1867

Torii Matasuke swims against the current, a man’s head clenched in his teeth by the hair. These bloody scenes are known as chimidoro-e, and half of this series was done by Yoshitoshi, and half by Yoshiiku. This is a skillful underwater scene, and we can see Matasuke pushing off with his foot from the bottom of the river.  At the end of the Edo Period, a genre of plays called “Shiranami mono” in which many thieves appeared was popular, and the thieves and scoundrels in these plays were adored.

Condition: Very good impression, color and condition. Lightly backed. Untrimmed.
Dimensions: ôban 35.3 x 23.9
Publisher: Sano-ya Tomigorô (Kinseidô)
Seal: Kiri
Signature: Ikkeisai Yoshiiku ga


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