Tsukioka Yoshitoshi - Shōki Creeping Up on a Sleeping Demon
From The Public Domain Review.
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi 月岡芳年
Series: Pictorial Biographies of the Loyal Retainers 誠忠義士銘々画伝
Title: No. 37, Katsuta Shin’emon Minamoto no Taketaka 「勝田新左エ門源武尭 三十七」
鹿兒嶋新誌六号 豊原国周 1877年?
“伊集院重成の母ハ義勇男子に秀づ夫重基ハ隆盛の手に屬し一方の巨魁（かしら）たりしが川尻の一戰に討死せしを無念に懐?（おも）ひ少年ながらも長男重成を励まして自ら二男を背に負ひ密?かに官軍の陣榮を襲ひ敵一人たりとも討死（うちとつ）て夫の修羅の妄執を散ぜんと姿を替へて忍び寄る處を敵の偵察官に怪められ詞（ことバ）を錺（かざ）りて陳ずれども其言訳立がたく既に本営へ？？せんと成すにぞ覚悟を極めて本名を名乗り忽ち一人切斃し四旁（あたり）を白？で？へたり 長谷川一嶺 記”
“重成の母 中村芝翫 二男重丸 市川？？”
Itō Jakuchū (伊藤 若冲, 1716–1800) was a Japanese painter of the mid-Edo period when Japan had closed its doors to the outside world. Many of his paintings concern traditionally Japanese subjects, particularly chickens and other birds. Many of his otherwise traditional works display a great degree of experimentation with perspective, and with other very modern stylistic elements.
Compared to Soga Shōhaku and other exemplars of the mid-Edo period eccentric painters, Jakuchū is said to have been very calm, restrained, and professional. He held strong ties to Zen Buddhist ideals, and was considered a lay brother (koji); but he was also keenly aware of his role within a Kyoto society that was becoming increasingly commercial.
Young boy with demon’s mask.
- Japanese, Edo period
- Artist Kitao Shigemasa, Japanese, 1739–1820