Yoshitoshi Tsukioka

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Tsukioka (月岡) family name, Yoshitoshi (芳年) first name, (1839-1892)

Yoshitoshi's Picture of the Lonely House on Adachi Moor (1885)

Yoshitoshi was an artist of the Utagawa school. Active in the late 19th century. Regarded as one of the last great Ukiyo-e artists, Yoshitoshi's work, especially his more violent images like the “Picture of the Lonely House on Adachi Moor in Oshū”, have influenced artists such as Seiu Ito.

Activities

Artist

Alternate Name(s)

月岡芳年(Japanese, Taiso Yoshitoshi, Ikkaisai Yoshitoshi

Biography

1839: Yoshitoshi is born on April 17th.

1850: Introduced to the Ukiyo-e artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi.

1866: Co-creates “Twenty-Eight Famous Murders with Verse”. Art by Yoshitoshi and Ochiai Yoshiiku (both students of Kuniyoshi).

1875: Yoshitoshi illustrates for “Yūbin Hōchi Shinbun,” one of the early full-color news broadsheets.[1]

1879: Yoshitoshi creates several illustrations for “Kabuki News.”

1885: Publishes the diptych “Picture of the Lonely House on Adachi Moor in Ōshū.” The image is temporarily banned by the Meiji government because of its sadism.[2]

1886: On October 12th, Begins serializing Nishiki-e Shunbun’s “Modern Personalities Magazine” in a supplement of Yamato News.

1892: Yoshitoshi passes away on June 9th.

2012: The Ota Memorial Museum of Art holds a Yoshitoshi exhibition titled “Tsukioka Yoshitoshi: Commemorating 120 Years Since His Death.” The exhibition runs from October 2nd to November 25th.

Interesting Point(s)

  • Yoshitoshi’s father was a low-ranking official in the Shogunate government.[3]
  • Yoshiyoshi’s pupils included Toshikata Mizuno, both of whom taught Kiyokata Kaburagi, who taught Shinsui Ito.
  • He has been called such things as “insane artist” and “bloody Yoshitoshi.”
  • Seiu Ito referenced “Lonely House on Adachi Moor” for a suspension photo he took of his wife.
  • Akutagawa Ryūnosuke, Tanizaki Jun’ichirō, Yukio Mishima, Edogawa Ranpo and Yokō Tadanori admired Yoshitoshi’s work.
  • Seiu Ito covers Yoshitoshi in his August 1953 Kitan Club Article “Talking About Those Times #3 - Bondage Images of the Meji Period.”

Selected Works

  • Twenty-Eight Famous Murders with Verse (1866)
  • Selection of One Hundred Warriors (1868)
  • Moral Lessons Through Pictures of Good and Evil (1880)
  • Picture of the Lonely House on Adachi Moor in Oshū (1885)
  • One Hundred Aspects of the Moon (1885-92)

Image Gallery

References

  1. Chiba City Museum of Art. Full-Color Newspapers of the Meiji-era Westernization Movement. Tokyo: Kokushokankokai, 2008. Print.
  2. Stevenson, John. Yoshitoshi’s Strange Tales. Amsterdam: Hotei Publishing, 2005. Print.
  3. Ito, Seiu. “Talking About Those Times #3 - Bondage Images of the Meji Period.” Kitan Club Aug. 1953. Print.

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