Takeda Katsuchiyomaru

Maker(s)
Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi 歌川国芳 (1797-1861)
Historical period(s)
Edo period, 1825-30
Medium
Woodblock print; ink and color on paper
Dimensions
H x W (overall): 39 x 26.3 cm (15 3/8 x 10 3/8 in)
Geography
Japan
Credit Line
The Anne van Biema Collection
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S2004.3.148
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Print
Type

Woodblock print

Keywords
Anne van Biema collection, Edo period (1615 - 1868), hero, Japan, portrait, tanuki, ukiyo-e, warrior, WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Label

The young hero Takeda Katsuchiyomaru became the warrior Takeda Shingen (1521-1573), one of the most powerful leaders in the battles for control of Japan during the late sixteenth century. Here he battles a tanuki, a badgerlike creature with supernatural powers who had possessed a wooden toy horse. Kuniyoshi probably referred to a book published in 1808, Ehon koetsu gunki, for an account of Shingen's life. This print shows the early development of the dynamic style that made Kuniyoshi the premier warrior print designer from the late 1720s to the end of his career. He employs strong diagonals and forward movement in the picture plane to energize his compositions. Kuniyoshi's figures also reveal his familiarity with European techniques such as foreshortening, perspective, and chiaroscuro, which he and other artists learned from the books and pictures imported to Japan through Dutch trade at Nagasaki.

Published References
  • Ann Yonemura, with contributions by et al. Masterful Illusions: Japanese Prints from the Anne van Biema Collection. Seattle and Washington. cat. 70, pp. 192-193.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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