Yoshitoshi: Flute Player Triptych (1868 Version) (Sold)

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Artist: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
Title: Flute Player Triptych
Series: Tales of Great Warriors (Bidan Musha Hakkei)
Date: 1868, April

Autumn Moon at Tôin (Tôin no aki no tsuki). Fujiwara no Yasamusa playing his flute by moonlight, aware yet unafraid of the robber Hakamadare Yasusuke who is following him, entranced by his presence and his flute-playing. This is the earlier version of the same story as Yoshitoshi’s masterpiece of 1883, and looks much more in the style of his teacher Kuniyoshi. There are three known states and color variants of this work; this is the first edition.

Condition: Excellent impression; very good color and condition.
Dimensions: ôban triptych
Publisher: Sanoya Tomigorô
Literature: Ed Fries collection catalog. Keyes 200.7.
Signature: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi hitsu