Yoshitoshi: Ichikawa Sadanji as Gosho no Gorozo as Flowers
Artist: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
Series: Snow, Moon and Flowers: Setsu Gekka no uchi
Date: 1890/8 (Meiji 23)
From Yoshitoshi’s last and most important set of actor prints, “Snow, Moon and Flowers (Setsugekka no uchi)”. Here is the actor Ichikawa Sadanji as Gosho no Gorozô, from the play Soga maoyô tateshi no goshozome. The complex story ends tragically, as usual. Here the actor wears brightly pattenred garments and has a shakuhachi flute sticking out from bag. Pink blossoms rain down, intimating the coming difficult conclusion.
Condition: Excellent impression and color; very good condition. Upper white margin has been trimmed, and slight trimming bottom.
Dimensions: ôban triptych
Publisher: Akiyama Buemon
Literature: Beauty & Violence p.146, number 69.3.
Seal: carver’s: Hori-Yû
Signature: Yoshitoshi ga with “Yoshitoshi” oval seal in red