Watanabe Nobukazu


Our Cavalry Scouting the Battery at Port Arthur from Tucheng
(Waga kihei Dojo shieki yori Ryojun hodai teisatsu no zu)

signed oju Yosai Nobukazu hitsu with two artist's seals, Hasegawa Sonokichi's cat-shaped publisher cartouche with date Meiji nijunananen juichi gatsu nijuyonka (Meiji 27 [1894], November 24), 1894

oban tate-e triptych 14 3/4 by 29 3/8 in., 37.5 by 74.6 cm

In Flash of Light, Fog of War, Bailey draws attention to how Western art conventions and techniques in photography and lithography influenced the rendering of moonlight in wartime prints. While the moon has always been an important element in Japanese art, in the Meiji era, prints artists endeavored to capture the way moonlight actually cast light and shadows. In examples such as this print, entire compositions are bathed in shades of grey for a closer replication of a moonlit view.

Bradley M. Bailey, Flash of Light, Fog of War: Japanese Military Prints, 1894-1905, Ackland Art Museum, 2017, p. 73, no. 28, object no. 2015.11.86a-ca-c
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, accession no. 2000.443a-c
(inv. no. C-3011)

price: $900


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October 21, 2021

Scholten Japanese Art
145 West 58th Street, suite 6D
New York, New York 10019
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