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Tsukioka Yoshitoshi, 1839-1892
One Hundred Aspects of the Moon: no. 75, Hidetsugu
(Tsuki hyakushi: Hidetsugu)

signed Yoshitoshi with artist's seal Taiso, engraver's mark Yamamoto, and published by Akiyama Buemon, ca. 1889
oban tate-e 13 7/8 by 9 1/2 in., 35.2 by 24.1 cm
This composition's pretense of meditative serenity belies it's true subject. The central figure, Toyotomi Hidetsugu (1568-1595), was the nephew and adoptive son of Shogun Toyotomi Hideyoshi (1536 or 1537-1598). Over time he fell out of favor with Hideyoshi, first for disobeying military commands, then for violating social customs, and finally for erratic behavior such as shooting arrows at innocent passers-by and disemboweling pregnant women. Once a natural son was born to Hideyoshi, Hidetsugu was disowned and exiled to a temple on Mount Koya, and two years later, ordered to commit suicide. The calm and subtle composition depicts Hidetsugu, with a surprisingly untroubled bearing, quietly considering his impending death. Beside him sits his favorite retainer Bansaku, half his body cropped out of the composition.
John Stevenson, Yoshitoshi's One Hundred Aspects of the Moon, 2001, cat. no. 75
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