C1898

Momiji- gari (Maple Viewing)

Artist:

Tsukioka Kogyo (1869 - 1927)

Two sheet woodblock from the series Nogaku hyakuban (One Hundred No Dramas) The Noh play Moniji-gari (Maple Viewing) is set on Mt. Togakushi where lives a witch who disguises herself as a beautiful woman. Taira no Koremochi is deer hunting … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Momiji- gari (Maple Viewing)

Date:

C1898

Artist:

Tsukioka Kogyo (1869 - 1927)

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Woodblock.

Image Size: 

255mm 
x 380mm

Frame Size: 

680mm 
x 525mm
AUTHENTICITY
Momiji- gari (Maple Viewing) - Antique Print from 1898

Genuine antique
dated:

1898

Description:

Two sheet woodblock from the series Nogaku hyakuban (One Hundred No Dramas)

The Noh play Moniji-gari (Maple Viewing) is set on Mt. Togakushi where lives a witch who disguises herself as a beautiful woman. Taira no Koremochi is deer hunting on the mountain in autumn. He is overcome by her charming behavior and accepts her invitation to attend a feast. She serves him drugged sake, which he first refuses to drink. She presses him until he finally does then he passes out. Before he passes out the “lady’s” attendant takes the servant away. In a dream Koremochi is told the truth by a Divine Being that the lady is a witch-demon. The Divine Being gives him a sword of truth. Even though he is weakened by the poison he manages to kill the witch-demon. At the climax the witch – demon gnaws on a maple branch in agony as she dies.

Biography:

Tsukioka Kogyo (1869-1927)

Although Kogyo was born the year after the beginning of the Meiji restoration, which brought Japan into the modern Western world, he was to become famous for his depiction of scenes from the traditional Japanese theatre Noh. A talented and prolific artist he was to create over 550 prints of Noh plays.

At the age of fifteen he was apprenticed to the great woodblock artist Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892), who had married his mother. Yoshitoshi, had a “lifelong fascination with Noh” and influenced his apprentice, to appreciate all aspects of Noh perfomances. After Yoshitoshi’s death, he went on to study with the painter and woodblock artist Ogata Gekko (1859-1920), who had a more modern style, which Kogyo was to adapt for his woodblocks.

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