C1898

Sakuragawa

Artist:

Tsukioka Kogyo (1869 - 1927)

Woodblock from the series Nogaku hyakuban (One Hundred No Dramas) In the Noh play Sakuragawa (Cherry Blossom Riding Grounds) in the province of Hyuga, a mother and a son lived in poverty. The son, Sakurago (Cherry Blossom Child), distressed at … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Sakuragawa

Date:

C1898

Artist:

Tsukioka Kogyo (1869 - 1927)

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Woodblock.

Image Size: 

255mm 
x 380mm
AUTHENTICITY
Sakuragawa - Antique Print from 1898

Genuine antique
dated:

1898

Description:

Woodblock from the series Nogaku hyakuban (One Hundred No Dramas)

In the Noh play Sakuragawa (Cherry Blossom Riding Grounds) in the province of Hyuga, a mother and a son lived in poverty. The son, Sakurago (Cherry Blossom Child), distressed at his mother’s hardships, sold himself to a human trafficker. The mother learnt by a letter from the trafficker that her son sold himself. In a frenzy of grief and tears, she dashed out from her house and set out on a journey to find Sakurago.

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 created 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 his more modern style Kogyo was to adapt for his woodblocks.

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