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Yoshitoshi
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi, 1839-1892
One Hundred Aspects of the Moon: no. 69, Season temple moon -Captain Yoshitaka
(Tsuki hyakushi: Sesonji no tsuki -Shosho Yoshitaka)

signed Yoshitoshi with artist's seal Taiso, engraver's mark Yamamoto, and published by Akiyama Buemon, ca. 1888
oban tate-e 13 7/8 by 9 1/2 in., 35.2 by 24.1 cm
This composition depicts the shosho (minor captain in the imperial guard) and poet Fujiwara no Yoshitaka (951-974) at the Sesonji Temple grounds outside Kyoto. The Heian Period (794-1185) court poet is included in the classic 13th century anthology Hyakunin Isshu (One Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets). Yoshitaka gained recognition in court at the age of 12, showing great skill composing renga - poetry in which two people respond to one another in verse. His older brother Agechika was a poet as well. It became clear early in their lives that Yoshitaka was the more talented of the two, at which point he gave up poetry out of deference to his older sibling. Tragically, both brothers would die on the same evening in 974 during a smallpox epidemic.
Reference:
John Stevenson, Yoshitoshi's One Hundred Aspects of the Moon, 2001, cat. no. 69
price: $ 650