Yoshitoshi: The Penance of the Priest Mongaku in Waterfall
Artist: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
Title: Picture of the Penance of the Priest Mongaku (Mongaku shônin aragyô no zu)
Date: 1885 (dated 1887)
Kannon, the goddess of mercy, emerges from a cloud holding a lotus bud and looks down with compassion on the priest Mongaku, who has spent years doing penance under a waterfall to atone for his misdeeds. Fudô is hauling Mongaku out by the scruff of his tattered robes, the monk still holding a penitent position. Kuniyoshi did a beautiful vertical triptych of the same story, but with the force of his own unique genius.
Condition: Very good impression. Excellent color and condition.
Publisher: Hasegawa Tsunejirô
Literature: Shown in color in “Beauty & Violence”, figure 47, page 68.
Signature: Ôju Yoshitoshi ga