Yoshitoshi woodblock print

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi, (1839-1892)

One Hundred Aspects of the Moon: Gojo Bridge Moon
(Tsuki hyakushi: Gojobashi no tsuki)

signed Yoshitoshi with artist's seal Taiso, engraver's mark Yamamoto, and published by Akiyama Buemon, 1888

oban tate-e 13 7/8 by 9 1/2 in., 35.2 by 24.1 cm

This composition is a novel take on a classic subject: the fateful meeting of the monk-warrior Musashibo Benkei and Minomoto no Yoshitsune on Gojo Bridge in Kyoto, where the young but nimble Yoshitsune manages to evade the previously undefeated warrior Benkei. Most depictions of this scene contrast the massive brute Benkei with the elegant Yoshitsune (who moments before had been delicately playing a flute) against the dramatic setting of the arching bridge. Here Yoshitoshi focuses only on Yoshitsune who leaps through the air and distracts his opponent by tossing his folding fan which falls in the foreground.

Reference:
John Stevenson, Yoshitoshi's

One Hundred Aspects of the Moon, 2001, cat. no. 61

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