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

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi, The Artists
Portrait of Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

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.

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi was a Japanese artist born on April 30, 1839. Yoshitoshi contributed to the Edo Period and Meiji movements and died on June 9, 1892.

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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