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Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Portrait of Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Ghosts, madness, and the blood-soaked end of feudalism

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi was a man in transition, cycling from wealth to poverty, plagued by mental illness, and trapped between Edo tradition and Meiji modernism. Yoshitoshi was darkly impacted by the violence and lawlessness that rocked Japan as feudalism died. He departed from the quiet landscapes and portraits of the Edo world, and created brutal horrifying depictions of war and murder. His vicious themes struck a chord and Yoshitoshi became immensely popular.

Further reading atwikipedia.org: Yoshitoshi
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Masakiyo Conquering Korea, Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Masakiyo Conquering Korea

1864
Kiyohime, Emerging from the Hidaka River, Turning into a Serpent, Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Kiyohime, Emerging from the Hidaka River, Turning into a Serpent

1865
Ôya Tarô Mitsukuni, Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Ôya Tarô Mitsukuni

1865
100 Aspects, No 1. The Courtesan Takao, Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

100 Aspects, No 1. The Courtesan Takao

1885
100 Aspects, No 2. Chang'e flees to the moon, Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

100 Aspects, No 2. Chang'e flees to the moon

1885
100 Aspects, No 3. Rising Moon Over Mt. Nanping, Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

100 Aspects, No 3. Rising Moon Over Mt. Nanping

1885
100 Aspects, No 4. The Gion District, Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

100 Aspects, No 4. The Gion District

1885
100 Aspects, No 5. A Poem by Kikaku, Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

100 Aspects, No 5. A Poem by Kikaku

1885
100 Aspects, No 6. The Village of the Shi Clan on a Moonlit Night, Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

100 Aspects, No 6. The Village of the Shi Clan on a Moonlit Night

1885
100 Aspects, No 7. Inaba Mountain Moon, Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

100 Aspects, No 7. Inaba Mountain Moon

1885
100 Aspects, No 8. Moonlight Patrol, Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

100 Aspects, No 8. Moonlight Patrol

1885
100 Aspects, No 9. Mountain moon after rain, Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

100 Aspects, No 9. Mountain moon after rain

1885
100 Aspects, No 10. Moon of pure snow at Asano River, Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

100 Aspects, No 10. Moon of pure snow at Asano River

1885
Moon and Smoke, Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Moon and Smoke

1886
The Ghost of Akugenta Yoshihira, Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

The Ghost of Akugenta Yoshihira

1889
Akashi Gidayū’s Death Poem, Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Akashi Gidayū’s Death Poem

1890

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