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Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

MABI 9290 Painting Inscription

Inscription: Miss Elizabeth Billings ~ Presented by Mrs. Sho Nemoto & Billings Nemoto, One Hundred Views of the Moon and others, Tokyo, Japan, June 9, 1898

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892)
The prints in this exhibit are the work of Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892), considered the last great master of Ukiyo-e Japanese woodblock print making. Ukiyo-e was a genre of Japanese art that flourished in the 18th and 19th centuries. Its popularity coincided with the end of the feudal era and the rise of the more modern, industrialized Meiji era in Japan. Among Yoshitoshi's finest work is his series, One Hundred Aspects of the Moon, completed during the last years of his life. The series of one hundred prints depicts scenes from Japanese and Chinese history and mythology, with most of the images featuring a moon.

The twenty-eight prints in the collection of Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park are from the One Hundred Aspects of the Moon series. They were a gift from the family of Sho Nemoto to Elizabeth Billings in 1898. Sho Nemoto was a Japanese national who briefly lived with the Billings family in the late 1880s. Frederick Billings sponsored Sho Nemoto's education at the University of Vermont, which he attended along with Billings' own son.

Frederick Billings' last words to Sho Nemoto, "I wish you to be useful in Japan," were a source of inspiration when he returned to Japan, dedicating the rest of his life to religion, education and social change. He was elected to the Japanese Diet in 1899, where he introduced a bill to establish free universal public education, and bills to prohibit juvenile drinking and smoking. He also wrote, edited and translated books, invested in railroads and real estate, and championed many humanitarian causes. He remained close to the Billings family for the rest of his life, exchanging letters and gifts and welcoming the family to his country when they traveled around the world.


 
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi Rising Moon over Mount Nanping, October 1885
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
Rising Moon over Mount Nanping, October 1885
 
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi The Gion District October 1885
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
The Gion District October 1885
 
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi Moonlight Patrol, December 1885
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
Moonlight Patrol, December 1885
 
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi  Mountain Moon after Rain, December 1885
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
Mountain Moon after Rain, December 1885
 
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi Tsunenobu and the Demon, January 1886
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
Tsunenobu and the Demon, January 1886
 
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi An Iron Cauldron and the Moon at Night, February 1886
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
An Iron Cauldron and the Moon at Night, February 1886
 
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi Faith in the Third-Day Moon, February 1886
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
Faith in the Third-Day Moon, February 1886
 
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi Grave Marker Moon, March 1886
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
Grave Marker Moon, March 1886
 
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi The Moon Through a Crumbling Window, June 1886
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
The Moon Through a Crumbling Window, June 1886
 
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi The Moon’s Inner Vision, June 1886
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
The Moon’s Inner Vision, June 1886
 
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi Mount Otowa Moon, June 1886
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
Mount Otowa Moon, June 1886
 
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi The Moon of the Milky Way, September 1886
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
The Moon of the Milky Way, September 1886
 
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi Theater District Dawn Moon, 1886
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
Theater District Dawn Moon, 1886
 
Kinto Picks a Plum Branch in the Moonlight, January 1887
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
Kinto Picks a Plum Branch in the Moonlight, January 1887
 
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi Huai River Moon, June 1887
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
Huai River Moon, June 1887
 
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi Prostitute Strolling by Moonlight, June 1887
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
Prostitute Strolling by Moonlight, June 1887
 
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi Maeda Gen’i Viewing the Moon from his Castle, June 1887
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
Maeda Gen’i Viewing the Moon from his Castle, June 1887
 
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi Yorimasa Watches the Monster Approach the Imperial Palace, March 1888
Tsukiako Yoshitoshi
Yorisama Watches the Monster Approach the Imperial Palace, March 1888
 
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi Gojō Bridge Moon, April 1888
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
Gojō Bridge Moon, April 1888
 
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi The Moon of the Moor, May 1888
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
The Moon of the Moor, May 1888
 
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi Moon of the Southern Sea, 1888
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
Moon of the Southern Sea, 1888
 
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi Seson Temple Moon, 1888
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
Seson Temple Moon, 1888
 
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi Mount Miyaji Moon, November 1889
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
Mount Miyaji Moon, November 1889
 
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi Lady Chiyo and the Broken Water Bucket, November 1889
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
Lady Chiyo and the Broken Water Bucket, November 1889
 
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi Dawn Moon and Tumbling Snow, 1889
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
Dawn Moon and Tumbling Snow, 1889
 
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi A Buddhist Monk Receives Seeds on a Moonlit Night, June 1891
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
A Buddhist Monk Receives Seeds on a Moonlit Night, June 1891
 
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi The Moon’s Four Strings, August 1891
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
The Moon’s Four Strings, August 1891
 
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi Farmers Celebrating the Autumn Moon, 1891
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
Farmers Celebrating the Autumn Moon, 1891

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