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Yoshitoshi
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi, 1839-1892
One Hundred Aspects of the Moon: no. 86, Taira no Tadanori
(Tsuki hyakushi: Taira no Tadanori)

signed Yoshitoshi with artist's seal Yoshitoshi, engraver's mark Esen, and published by Akiyama Buemon, ca. 1890
oban tate-e 13 7/8 by 9 1/2 in., 35.2 by 24.1 cm
Taira no Tadanori (1144-1184) was the younger brother of the infamous Kiyomori and an accomplished poet, artist, and warrior in his own right. The print depicts him standing outside his lover's quarters, noisily opening and closing his fan to attract her attention. The print's inscription references the sound of the fan, which he overhears his mistress refer to as the sound of insects calling in the field.
How noisy, the sound of insects calling in the meadow
as for me, I make no sound but think of love

However, as she is accompanied by a female friend who will not leave, his mistress never lets Tadanori in and he must return home disappointed.
Reference:
John Stevenson, Yoshitoshi's One Hundred Aspects of the Moon, 2001, cat. no. 86
price: $ 700