Yoshitoshi: Bloodied Head Flying
Artist: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
Title: Bloodied Head Flying
Series: Essays by Yoshitoshi (Ikkai zuihitsu)
Date: 1872, 12th Month
Hand and sword bloodied, Shima Sakon throws the head of Saitô Daihachi into the air at Horatôgoge Pass. The burning logs in the background have created a backdrop of smoke in which the pink lead pigment has oxidized into a smoky grey, as intended. Note the strong woodgrain in the smoke and ground.
Condition: Excellent impression and color, very good condition. Fold in left margin.
Literature: See Beauty & Violence, series 23.1. Roger Keyes, Courage and Silence, 1983, p. 395, no. 280.1 Shinichi Segi, Yoshitoshi the Splendid Decadent, 1985, p. 43, no. 49 Eric van den Ing & Robert Schaap, Beauty and Violence, 1992, p. 111, no. 23.1 Akita Museum of Modern Art, Tsukioka Yoshitoshi: The Last Ukiyo-e Artist of Genius, 1999, p. 26, no. 75 Amy Reigle Newland & Chris Uhlenbeck, Yoshitoshi: Masterpieces from the Ed Fries Collection, 2011, p. 98, no. 63 Yuriko Iwakiri, Yoshitoshi, 2014, p. 63, no. 90
Signature: Ikkeisai Yoshitoshi fude