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Tsukioka YoshitoshiGhosts, madness, and the blood-soaked end of feudalism

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.

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. 

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