C1898

Nakamitsu. ‘The Loyal Warrior Nakamitsu

Artist:

Tsukioka Kogyo (1869 - 1927)

Scene from the series &quotNogaku zue&quot (Pictures of Noh theatre). Nakamitsu brings Kochiyo, the lazy son of his lord, back home from his monastery school. The boy is such a disappointment to his father that he orders Nakamitsu to kill … Read Full Description

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S/N: JWB-KOGYO-NTP179–217519
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Full Title:

Nakamitsu. ‘The Loyal Warrior Nakamitsu

Date:

C1898

Artist:

Tsukioka Kogyo (1869 - 1927)

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Woodblock.

Image Size: 

330mm 
x 225mm
AUTHENTICITY
Nakamitsu. 'The Loyal Warrior Nakamitsu - Antique Print from 1898

Genuine antique
dated:

1898

Description:

Scene from the series &quotNogaku zue&quot (Pictures of Noh theatre). Nakamitsu brings Kochiyo, the lazy son of his lord, back home from his monastery school. The boy is such a disappointment to his father that he orders Nakamitsu to kill him. But, when his own son, Bijiyo, offers to take Kochiyo&#8217s place as the victim, Nakamitsu has to decide who to kill: his lord&#8217s son or his own? The drama is displayed through the attention to detail in the creation of the costumes as depicted in the wood engraving. The elaborate nature of the fabric’s patterning, texture and layering is portrayed by Kogyo often incorporating the use of gold and silver pigments and gauffrage (embossing). Publisher: Matsuki Heikichi.

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.  oshitoshi, 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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