Snow, Moon, Flowers: Flowers; Ichikawa Sadanji as Gosho no Gorozo
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Snow, Moon, Flowers: Flowers; Ichikawa Sadanji as Gosho no Gorozo, 1890
Ink on Paper
13 7/8 in. x 27 5/8 in. (352.43 mm x 701.68 mm)
On mat, in pencil: Marer 432. Seals: right panel - upper right and lower right. Signed: Yoshitoshi ga. Artist's seal: Yoshitoshi.
Colored ink woodblock on paper; oban; triptych.
"Tsukioka Yoshitoshi’s tryptich portrays Kabuki actor Ichikawa Sadanji (1842-1904) in the role of the chivalrous former samurai Gosho no Gorozo. Based on a novel by Ryutei Tanehiko and first performed in 1864, the image depicts the former samurai in his quest to seek revenge on a past patron by assassinating his former master’s mistress. In the scene, Gorozo sweeps his sword at a flying bird, missing it and accidentally cutting off a blossoming cherry tree branch."
(DR, student in 2010 seminar ARHI154 Japanese Prints)
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