Yoshitoshi: Watanabe Genji Tsuna
Artist: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
Title: Watanabe Genji Tsuna
Series: One Hundred Ghost Stories of China and Japan (Wakan hyaku Monogatari)
Watanabe no Tsune approaches Rashomon gate on horseback during a heavy downpour. He carries a sign which says “Kinsei” (prohibited) to erect by the great gate. Later he indeed encounters the demon Ibaraki and proceeds to cut off her arm, a story which Yoshitoshi illustrates in many different designs. Stevenson considers the printing of the rain in this print “a tour de force”.
Condition: Very good impression, color and condition. Margins with some soiling.
Literature: Illustrated in Stevenson’s “Yoshitoshi’s Strange Tales”, figure 6, page 40.
Signature: Ikkaisai Yoshitoshi ga