C1926

Torioibune (Bird Chasing Boat)

Artist:

Tsukioka Kogyo (1869 - 1927)

Woodblock from the series Nogaku hyakuban (One Hundred No Plays)  A Kyushu landowner has been away in the capital for more than ten years because of a lawsuit, leaving his wife and child behind. The tutor, Sako-no-jo, sets the boy … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Torioibune (Bird Chasing Boat)

Date:

C1926

Artist:

Tsukioka Kogyo (1869 - 1927)

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Woodblock.

Image Size: 

255mm 
x 380mm
AUTHENTICITY
Torioibune (Bird Chasing Boat) - Vintage Print from 1926

Guaranteed Vintage Item
dated:

1926

Description:

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

A Kyushu landowner has been away in the capital for more than ten years because of a lawsuit, leaving his wife and child behind. The tutor, Sako-no-jo, sets the boy to work driving the birds away from the crops and, when his mother objects, threatens to turn her out unless she helps too. Eventually, the master returns and as he approaches his village, stops to watch a boat carrying some bird-scarers. When it comes closer, however, and he realizes that it is his own wife and child who are being made to do the work, he is seized with rage and only prevented from killing Sako-no-jo by his wife who is ready to forgive the man for what he has done.

Nogaku hyakuban was Kogyo’s second significant series of No theatre prints. 

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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