Toshihide (1862 - 1925)

Maple Leaf Viewing

Series: The Eighteen Famous Scenes
Medium: Woodblock Print
Date: 1899
Size (H x W): 15 x 18.5 (inches)
Publisher: Akiyama
Seals: Gosai
Signature: Oju Gosai
Condition: Very good color and impression, light surface soiling and creasing, red stain left sheet, embellished with embossing and burnishing.

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About the artist

Toshihide Migita initially worked under the name Toyohiko. He started off his career under the guidance of the Western-style painter Kunisawa Shikuro. In 1877, Toshihide began to study Japanese woodblock printmaking under Yoshitoshi. Toshihide’s best work is seen in his prints of the Sino-Japanese and Russo-Japanese Wars. These designs stand out from the work of his contemporaries, as Toshihide did turn to caricature, but granted the Chinese and Russian soldiers dignity. He also produced a very well-received series called Twelve Aspects of Beautiful Women in 1901. This series reflected the influence of Yoshitoshi, Toshihide Migita's teacher, and Yoshitoshi's similar 1888 series Thirty-Two Aspects of Women.