Yoshitoshi: Benkei and the Giant Carp (saitôki Wakamaru)
Artist: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
Title: Benkei and the Giant Carp (saitôki Wakamaru)
Series: Essays by Yoshitoshi (Ikkai zuihitsu)
Benkei fighting the giant carp in the waterfall of Bishamon ga taki. The Cole Collection example at LACMA is in poor condition, as is the example at the Pushkin Museum. Nowhere is there a copy with the light gradation throughout the waves and the sharp woodgrain so prominent.
Condition: Excellent impression, color and condition. Probably the finest extant example anywhere.
Literature: See Beauty & Violence, number 23.8, page 111.
Signature: Ikkeisai Yoshitoshi hitsu