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【One Hundred Aspects of the Moon】
"Tsuki Hyakushi" (Moon Hundred Aspects) is a series of ukiyo-e (woodblock prints) created by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi from 1885 (Meiji 18) to 1892 (Meiji 25). It consists of 100 large-format nishiki-e (full-color prints) with the moon as its central theme.
【Yugao from Stories from The Tale of Genji】
Genji had fallen in love with several women besides his lawful wife. One day, while visiting a sick nursemaid, he was suddenly drawn to the lovely evening faces blooming in the neighboring house. Before long, a woman appeared, offering the flowers on a white fan, and he became acquainted with her.
Wanting to spend some private time together, Genji took Evening Faces to a desolate, uninhabited ruin near a moonlit night. Evening Faces trembled with anxiety. That night, as Genji dozed off, he suddenly realized that a beautiful and dignified woman was by his side, seemingly full of resentment.
"For you to favor such an insignificant woman is truly disheartening and painful," she lamented, holding Evening Faces.
Upon awakening, Genji quickly drew his sword to confront her, but Evening Faces had already been slain by the vengeful spirit and had turned cold...
(New woodblocks, reprinting)
This was designed by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi in 1885-1892.
Woodblocks were made by Uchida art and printed in late years (Kyoto).
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi was a ukiyo-e artist who was active from the late Edo period to the Meiji era. He was known for his diverse range of ukiyo-e works, including historical paintings, portraits of beauties, actor prints, genre scenes, classical themes, and battle scenes. He exhibited a unique artistic style in each of these categories. In an era when the demand for ukiyo-e was declining, he emerged as one of the most successful ukiyo-e artists. Many notable artists in Japanese and Western painting emerged from his school of art. Yoshitoshi is sometimes referred to as the "last ukiyo-e artist" due to his significant contributions to the art form during a challenging period.
・Material/ Japanese washi paper
・Size/ Picture：W22.5×H33cm , Margin included：W26×H39cm
・Regarding size / There is a slight error in size.
・Weight/ 150 g
・Made in Japan
Originally started as an antiquarian book dealer in 1919, Uchida Art was established in 1923. In 1942, the publisher was designated by the government as a qualified preserver of woodblock printing techniques. Although it became impossible to continue operations during World War II, they reopened their business in 1945. The publisher founded a company in 1952 and changed its name to Uchida Art Co. Ltd. in 1967.
[Popularity and accomplishments]
After the war, the prints published by Uchida Art were recognized for their true value by military personnel at the occupying forces, and their distribution gradually expanded to include sales at U.S. military bases. Eventually, their popularity reached the United States and Europe. While deeply studying the preferences of international customers, they demonstrated the manufacturing processes on-site to attract more attention from them. These efforts aimed to promote the export of Japanese woodblock prints overseas.
As a manufacturer and exporter, they dedicated efforts to improving the quality and designs of woodblock prints. They contributed greatly to the development of the woodblock printing industry and let the quality of Japanese woodblock prints widely known worldwide.
[Publications and their characteristics]
They have worked with some of the most well-known artists from Kyoto, such as Tokuriki Tomikichirō, Kamei Tōbei, Asano Takeji, and Asada Benji, and also engaged in the reproduction of ukiyo-e prints. The woodblock prints published by Uchida Art have been researched to cater to the preferences of international aficionados, with rich colors and meticulous attention to detail in their depiction.
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