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YOSHIFUJI, Utagawa
(1828 - 1887)
Minamoto YOSHITSUNE fighting BENKEI on Gojo bridge
- Print diptych and preliminary drawing of the right panel -
 
Signed:                        Ipposai Yoshifuji ga
Publisher:                   (seal unread)
Date:                             c. 1854
Size:                             oban diptych (c. 36. 5 x 48. 5 cms / c. 14 1/4" x 19")



Condition:
Very good / fine impression and color. Very few tiny pinholes, slight
surface soil; good overall condition.



ref. no.: # 581581
Price:  € 1,790.00
This is Yoshifuji's depiction of the renowned fight between Ushiwakamaru (better known as MINAMOTO YOSHITSUNE) and the monk Benkei on the moonlit bridge, Gojobashi, in Kyoto. The diptych comes with a preliminary drawing of the right panel. In this early stage of the design development, Ushiwakamaru's proportions were much larger, filling the entire upper half of the sheet. By reducing the size of the body, - placing the jumping boy farther to the distance, i.,e., the artist gained more (pictorial) depth, also accentuated by a more prominent mountain range.
YOSHIFUJI was a pupil of Kuniyoshi; he specialized in pictures of warriors, and also illustrated children's books.

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