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- Previous Owner(s)
Anne van Biema American, 1915 - 2004
Young boy heroes with exceptional strength are featured in Japanese legend and among the heroes of Kuniyoshi's famous series based on the Chinese novel The Water Margin. The hero shown here, Otani Koinosuke, lost his father and had to care for his aged mother on his own. He had extraordinary strength and became a woodcutter when he grew older. When he was fifteen, he captured a wild boar that hunters could not bring down with their arrows, and used his bare hands to crush its skull. Kuniyoshi employs the swirling composition seen here in many of his images of warriors and heroes.
- Published References
- Ann Yonemura with contributions by et al. Masterful Illusions: Japanese Prints from the Anne van Biema Collection. Seattle and Washington. cat. 75, pp. 202-205.
- Collection Area(s)
- Japanese Art
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