Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (aka Yoshitoshi),
One Hundred Aspects of the Moon: No. 10, Chikako, the filial daughter,
Ink on Paper
12 15/16 in. x 8 13/16 in. (328.61 mm x 223.84 mm)
Gift of Mr. Fred Marer
One Hundred Aspects of the Moon: No. 10, Moon of pure snow at Asano river - Chikako, the filial daughter
When her father lost his money and was jailed, Chikako tried to win his release. To prove herself a filial daughter of a worthy man, she committed suicide by jumping into the Asano River.
Signed: Yoshitoshi. Artist's seal: Taiso.
Colored ink woodblock on paper.
Meiji period Japanese color woodblock print with an image of a woman, in distress, jumping in a body of water. When her father, Zeniya Gohei (1798-1855), lost his money and was jailed, Chikako tried to win his release. To prove herself a filial daughter of a worthy man, she committed suicide by jumping into the Asano River.
"The design is one of the best in the series. The composition is tight, with an over-sized moon holding the components together. Horizontal lines of blue and gray clouds draw the eye towards the moon and give a sense of distance. Chikako's brightly colored robes fill the top fo the picture and give it substance, while the lower portion is empty except for the water, leaving nothing to support her.
Chikako's tissues flutter down behind her, and two egrets flap away - one can almost hear the sound of their wings breaking the silence. Their movements accentuate the stillness of the frozen landscape and emphasize the young girl's loneliness."
(John Stevenson, Yoshitoshi's One Hundred Aspects of the Moon, Seattle: San Francisco Graphic Society, 1992.)
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