03 Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

This psychedelic reimagination enhances the extravagance and the visual spectacle of Kabuki theater captivated by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi in his work "Tsuki Hyakushi; Oboroyo no Tsuki" (One Hundred Aspects of the Moon; Hazy-night Moon) in 1887.

Kumasaka, the protagonist of the painting, was a bandit who was killed by Yoshitsune in 10th Century. In the Noh theatrical play, "Kumasaka", his ghost appeared in a dream of a travelling priest. He asked the priest to pray for him so that he could be salvaged from the evil past.

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892) was a Japanese printmaker. Yoshitoshi has widely been recognized as the last great master of the ukiyo-e genre of woodblock printing and painting. He is also regarded as one of the form's greatest innovators.

Ukiyo-e is in simplified terms a synonym for Japanese prints. Ukiyo-e artists are appreciated by collectors all over the world. Many contemporary printmakers collect Japanese prints out of admiration of the technical skill and sophistication with which they were produced.

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