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100 Aspects of the Moon, The Moon on a Hazy Night: Kumasaka

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100 Aspects of the Moon, The Moon on a Hazy Night: Kumasaka

1887 (January)
19th Century
14 5/8 in. x 10 in. (37.15 cm x 25.4 cm)

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi, Japanese, (1839–1892)

Object Type: Works on Paper
Creation Place: Asia, Japan
Medium and Support: Color woodcut on paper
Credit Line: Gift of William P. Wentworth
Accession Number: 1986.1.49
This beautiful piece depicts the ghost of a renegade priest named Kumasaka who was killed during a failed attempt to rob a merchant at an inn. This amazing design is unlike most Japanese prints in that it brings attention to the actual material spaceof the print. We see the figure of Kumasaka’s pants and sword jutting out over the traditional bounding box of blue background. In addition to this, the flattened use of design on the garments is interestingly juxtaposed between the very rounded, almost realistic, mask the figure wears. Yoshitoshi’s attention to the contrast between flatness and volume, coupled with the vibrant colors, creates real tension in the piece.

--Joel Frank, December 2014

Exhibition List
This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Dimensions
  • Image Dimensions: 12 7/8 in. x 8 3/4 in. (32.7 cm x 22.23 cm)
  • Mat Dimensions: 20 in. x 16 in. (50.8 cm x 40.64 cm)
  • Sheet Dimensions: 14 5/8 x 10 in. (37.15 x 25.4 cm)

Bibliography List
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