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100 Aspects of the Moon, The Moon Seen Through the Fire

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100 Aspects of the Moon, The Moon Seen Through the Fire

1886 (February)
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: 1986.1.66
The print Moon and Smoke (Enchu no tsuki) is from one of Yoshitoshi’s best-known series One Hundred Aspects of the Moon. It depicts two Edo-period fire fighters standing fiercely toward each other amidst great flames. Fire fighters enjoyed much esteem during this period because buildings were constructed of wood and paper and therefore susceptible to the slightest embers. Yoshitoshi elegantly describes the ferocity of fire, ash, and smoke. They consume much of the picture frame, but gracefully drift through it. The geometric detailing of clothing hint at structure amongst the billowing flames but they ultimately meld into abstraction.

--Emily Landry, December 2014

Exhibition List
This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Dimensions
  • Image Dimensions: 12 7/8 in. x 8 7/8 in. (32.7 cm x 22.54 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)

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