Yoshitoshi: Knife-wielding Hag of the Lonely House (Sold)

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Artist: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
Title: Knife-wielding Hag of the Lonely House
Series: Essays by Yoshitoshi (Ikkai zuihitsu)
Date: 1872

Scene of an innocent beauty grappling with the Hag of Adachi Moor. The withered vines in the background match the withered and terrible skin of the Hag, who wields a giant knife. This story was illustrated numerous times by Kuniyoshi, Yoshitoshi’s teacher, and he also illustrated it a number of times. Although highly dramatic, this is not as explicit as his grisly diptych version, where we see the Hag about to cut open the belly of a helpless victim.

Condition: Very good impression, color and condition.
Dimensions: ôban 37.5 x 25.2 cm
Publisher: Masadaya
Literature: See Beauty & Violence, series 23.3. Keyes number 280.13.
Signature: Ikkeisai Yoshitoshi hitsu