月岡芳年 Tsukioka Yoshitoshi（1839-1892）
A Woman Saving the Nation: A Chronicle of Great Peace
木版画｜三幅续绘-纵绘大判｜35.2cm x 23cm x 3
Woodblock｜Triptych-Oban-tate-e｜35.2cm x 23cm x 3
This spectacular print by the great Yoshitoshi is rich and color and history. It tells a tragic story of Japan as only Yoshitoshi can. Tsunayoshi Tokugawa, the Shogun, was helplessly devoted to his lover, who is on the right in his dream. He loved her so much that he wanted their son to be the next Shogun. His wife, to this right, killed him to prevent this from happening, and to assure that her own son would ascend the throne. Here, knife in hand, she is about to commit the act. This spectacular print -- which features the light of a lantern and a screen painting of cranes (a work of art within a work of art) -- is a state-of-the-art design from the last golden era of Ukiyo-e.
Rich color; trimming; backing