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Sino-Japanese War - Battle of Fenghuangecheng Castle

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Ogata Gekko, Japanese, (1859–1920)
Sino-Japanese War - Battle of Fenghuangecheng Castle, 1894
Ink and colors on paper
14 13/16 x 30 1/8 in. (37.59 x 76.45 cm)


Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Period: Meiji (Japan, 1869-1912)
Credit Line: Purchased with funds from the Aoki Endowment for Japanese Arts and Cultures
Accession Number: 2012.1.17


Commentary
The following is an excerpt from an article by Dan McKee on artelino.com:

The very same printmakers, however, when the issue was not domestic policy but a foreign enemy, were quick to take the side of government and nation in creating propaganda prints of the Meiji government's foreign wars.

Kiyochika, for example, was the most popular and prolific designer of prints of the Sino-Japanese War (1894-95), which typically depicted the Chinese enemy as a primitive and colorful horde, and the outnumbered Japanese as solemn, fearless heroes who broke through their ranks regardless.

http://www.artelino.com/articles/meiji_nationalism.asp

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Medium
ink and colors on paper

Object Description
Scene of fierce fighting at Fenghuangcheng Castle (Ho-o-jo in Japanese) in Sino-Japanese War.

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