Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Fujiwara Plays the Flute by Moonlight, 1883
14.50 x 29.50 in (36.83 x 74.93 cm)
7319 / INV. # 03154973
Publisher: Akiyama Buemon Condition: Good impression, color and condition. Fujiwara no Yasumasa (958 - 1036) Was a Heian-period courtier; a celebrated poet and flute-player. One night when he was playing his flute on the Ichihara Moor he was approached by the bandit, Hakamadare Uyasusuke (Kidomaru) who intended to kill him. When the bandit Kidomaru was about to draw his sword he became so enchantted by the music �that he decided to give up his plan. This triptych, based on a painting Yoshitoshi had submitted to the 1882 Naikoku kaiga kyoshinkai, is now generally considered to be one of Yoshitoshi's masterpieces. In this 1883 triptych Yoshitoshi has succeded in creating a synthesis between violence and poetry, the two elements at play in so much of his work. He repeated the subject in his later series, 100 aspects of the moon. Van den Ing and Schaap, Beauty and Violence - Japanese prints by Yoshitoshi, 1992 Exhibition catalog from the Van Gogh Museum at p. 63.