011 Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

This psychedelic reimagination enhances the extravagance and the visual spectacle captivated by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi in his work The Ghost of Wicked Genta Yoshihira Attacking Namba Jiro at Nunobiki Waterfall - from the series “New Forms of Thirty-six Ghosts” in 1889.

Minamoto no Yoshihira was a fierce warrior who earned the name “Wicked Genta of Kamakura” as a teenager. He was captured by the enemy and executed beneath a waterfall. This print captures the moment in which he sprang into the air from death, in the form of the God of Thunder, and kills his assailant by hurling a bolt of lightning at him.

This story dates from the 12th century wars between the Taira and the Minamoto clans.

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892) was considered the last great master of ukiyo-e. He is known for his images of extreme violence and bloody imagery as well his sensitive images of exquisite beauty. He inherited from his teacher Kuniyoshi the ability to capture the essence of a story in a single image. John Stevenson has written several books on this great master, including Yoshitoshi's major series of One Hundred Aspects of the Moon (Uyikodelic #003), Thirty-six Ghosts and others. As an artist, Yoshitoshi continued to innovate and build on his unique style throughout his life. He kept improving artistically as his career lengthened.

Details: GIF file, 1000x1426 px.