Yoshitoshi: Picture of the Demon Omatsu Killing Shirôsaburô (Sold)

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Artist: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
Title: Picture of the Demon Omatsu Killing Shirôsaburô
Series: New Selection of Eastern Brocade Pictures: SHINSEN AZUMA NISHIKIE
Date: 1886

Time freezes as Omatsu raises her knife, and we are drawn into the drama of this moment of truth. Why is she about to stab Shirôsaburô., who in some tales is her blind samurai husband and in others is her father’s murderer? Is she a victim, a hero or a villain? The details behind this story of Omatsu are unknown, but the design is of unusual power and beauty. The overhanging mimosa boughs, the fleeing waterbirds and the surging current are almost as enigmatic as a woman taking control of the story. A design of great rarity and intensity.

Condition: Excellent impression and color; very good condition.
Dimensions: ôban diptych
Publisher: Tsunashima Kamekichi
Literature: Shown in color in “Beauty & Violence”, number 55.17, page 78.
Seal: Taiso
Signature: Yoshitoshi