Yoshitoshi: Boshin War
Artist: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
Title: Boshin War
The Bloody Battle of the Takeda Warriors. (Takeda yûshi kessen no zu). A warrior rests on an oversized cannon, right, his right arm holding a severed head on a naginata. Left is a man going full speed on horseback, the smoke and fire of war behind him and a row of troops. This is a disguised view of the Boshin War, the civil war that was happening at the time of the print. Censorship of current events was still strong, so Yoshitoshi set the contemporary battle (with cannon) in the distant past.
Condition: Very good impression, color and condition. Minor repairs and minor center fold on two sheets.
Literature: Keyes 251
Signature: Ikkaisai Yoshitoshi hitsu