The Bloody Yoshitoshi Prints Essay by thrite

The Bloody Yoshitoshi Prints
This paper discusses Yoshitoshi, an ukiyo-e artist of the 19th century, who is most clearly remembered for the blood, gore, and psychotic imagery of his paintings.
# 60102 | 850 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2003 | US
Published on Jul 29, 2005 in Art (Artists) , Art (History) , Asian Studies (East Asian Cultures)

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This paper explains that, while blood and gore are certainly enough to catch the eye, what makes Yoshitoshi one of the greatest artists of his age is his flexibility and ability to communicate feelings in his art. The author points out that Ukiyo-e ("pictures of the floating world") come in four major types; beautiful women, warriors, actors, and nature scenes: Yoshitoshi focused almost exclusively on the first two. The paper relates that, in a mere 40 years, Japan managed to bridge the technological gap with the western world and gain a place as a world power, but Yoshitoshi and his artistic peers became domestic casualties, unable to learn a living.

From the Paper:

"Yoshitoshi lived from 1839 to 1892, during a turbulent transition between traditional and modern Japan. During this time, some of the more gruesome works that he produced include: "One Hundred Ghost Stories of Japan and China", "Twenty-eight Infamous Murders with Accompanying Verses" and "One Hundred Selections of Warriors in Battle". These works are what first made him successful as an artist. These ukiyo-e scenes range from women killing men and men killing women to horrific monsters and various mutilations of the human body."

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