Tsukioka Yoshitoshi, ‘Picture of the Demon Omatsu Killing Shirôsaburô’, 1886, Egenolf Gallery Japanese Prints & Drawing

Time freezes as Omatsu raises her knife, and we are drawn into the drama of this moment of truth. Why is she about to stab Shirôsaburô., who in some tales is her blind samurai husband and in others is her father’s murderer? Is she a victim, a hero or a villain? The details behind this story of Omatsu are unknown, but the design is of unusual power and beauty. The overhanging mimosa boughs, the fleeing waterbirds and the surging current are almost as enigmatic as a woman taking control of the story. A design of great rarity and intensity.

Series: New Selection of Eastern Brocade Pictures: SHINSEN AZUMA NISHIKIE

Signature: Yoshitoshi

Publisher: Tsunashima Kamekichi

Shown in color in “Beauty & Violence”, number 55.17, page 78.

About Tsukioka Yoshitoshi