月岡芳年 Tsukioka Yoshitoshi（1839-1892）
Endo Musha Morito with Drawn Sword, from the series of Yoshitoshi's Warriors Trembling with Courage Prints
木版画 | 纵绘大判 | 36cm x 25cm
Woodblock-print | Oban tate-e | 36cm x 25cm
Endō Moritō was a samurai in the late Heian and early Kamakura periods in Japan. He was a loyal retainer of the Kamakura Shogunate. But Morito had an impetuous and reckless personality. He was jealous and possessive. And this led to a disaster.
Morito fell in love at first sight with the wife of his colleague, Watanabe Watanabe. Her name was Kesa-gozen and she was quite beautiful. He stubbornly forced her to break up with her husband and have a relationship with him. But she could not face betraying her husband, and begged the Morito to give her up. Morito refused, telling her if she would not elope with him, he'd kill her mother and then himself. Gozen would not sacrifice her mother. But she had another idea.
"If you want to live your life with me so much, please kill my husband!" Morito promised without hesitation. In the middle of the night, he sneaked into Watanabe's bedroom -- following Gozen's specific instructions -- and cut off his head. Overjoyed, Morito looked at the victim in the moonlight, but was shocked. It turned out that it was not Watanabe who was beheaded, but the kimono robes he had long admired were enveloping the woman they both loved. Gozen had dressed in her husband's robes to take his place and die.
This colorful and dramatic print shoes the samurai holding the fatal sword in his hand, tiptoeing around the door, and preparing to sneak into the bedroom for assassination. He must be thinking, "After tonight, Gozen will be mine.”
But, the tragedy of love has officially begun ...
Very good condition; rich color; backed