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The Full Moon of Sumiyoshi

Yoshitoshi Taiso (Japanese, 1839–1892)

1887

Medium woodcut on paper Measurements H: 14 5/8 x W: 9 7/8 in. (37.15 x 25.08 cm) Credit Bequest of Dr. James B. Austin Accession Number 89.28.1517 Location Not on View

Narrative

Yoshitoshi was the leading ukiyo-e artist of the Meiji period (1868-1912) and carried the woodcut tradition into the twentieth century. He was also an illustrator for a newspaper. Yoshitoshi is known for his highly detailed graphic style and disturbing subject matter that reached new levels of blood, gore, pathos, and realism unique to his disturbed personality. In fact, Yoshitoshi died insane. This print presents the god of Sumiyoshi as if he were an old white-haired man appearing eerily out of the darkness.