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Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892) | Fujiwara no Yasumasa Playing the Flute by Moonlight | Meiji period, late 19th century

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Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892) | Fujiwara no Yasumasa Playing the Flute by Moonlight | Meiji period, late 19th century

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892) | Fujiwara no Yasumasa Playing the Flute by Moonlight | Meiji period, late 19th century

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The Property of an English Gentleman

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892)

Fujiwara no Yasumasa Playing the Flute by Moonlight

Meiji period, late 19th century 


ink, colour, gold and gofun on paper, signed Tsukioka Yoshitoshi tsutsushinde kore o kaku (Respectfully painted by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi), originally mounted as a hanging scroll, silk brocade border, framed and glazed


140.7 x 72.6 cm., 55⅜ x 28½ in. (including frame)

122 x 54 cm., 48 x 21¼ in. (excluding frame)

Originally mounted as a hanging scroll, there are some slight creases overall, minor soiling and some small repairs.


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On the same subject as the present lot, Yoshitoshi submitted a painting at the Exhibition for the Advancement of Painting (Naikoku kaiga kyoshinkai ) in the autumn of 1882. Both depict Fujiwara no Yasumasa (958-1036), the Heian period courtier, celebrated poet and flute-player. The story tells that one night while playing his flute on the Ichihara moor he was approached by Hakamadare Yasusuke (Kidomaru), a bandit, who planned to kill him. However as he was about to draw his sword and attack, Hakamadare Yasusuke was so enchanted by the music that he abandoned his plan.


For an example of a woodblock print Yoshitoshi designed on the original painting submitted to the exhibition, Widely considered the artist's masterpiece, in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, accession number 11.20238-40, go to:

https://collections.mfa.org/objects/484023