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SHINBAKU is a publishing imprint focusing on the arts of Japan, from 19th century woodblock printing to 20th century cinema and beyond.
YOSHITOSHI : BLOOD WARS
100 WARRIOR TRIPTYCHS FROM HISTORY AND MYTH
“Pictures of the floating world.” The floating world – a transient realm of pleasures, horrors, and dreams. Ukiyo-e, depictions of this shadowy projection of the human mind, formed the mainstay of Japanese paintings and woodblock prints produced between the 17th and 20th centuries.
“Ukiyo-e of warriors.” Yoshitoshi Tsukioka, perhaps the best-known of all 19th century ukiyo-e artists, created illustrations of mythic warriors and legendary battles throughout his career, including years spent documenting contemporaneous civil conflicts. This book collects and reproduces in full color 100 such prints by Yoshitoshi, often violent and bloody in nature, ranging in subject from the internecine decapitation wars of the 12th to 16th centuries to the uprising of the Satsuma Rebellion in 1877, the last stand of Japan’s samurai class against the new imperial government. The selection of works is also limited to the triptych format, which gave ukiyo-e artists the freedom to express their phantasies as narratives in a kinetic, detailed image frame.