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Takeda, Hideo (1948 - Present)

Taira Clan at the Battle of Dan-no-Ura

Series: Genpei
Medium: Silkscreen
Date: 1985-1999
Size (H x W): 26 x 20.5 (inches)
Edition: 197/200
Provenance: Artist's private collection
Signature: Hideo Takeda
Condition: Very good condition, very small light stain lower left edge, small nick on bottom right corner.



The battle of Dan-no-Ura was a major sea battle of the Genpei War on March 24, 1185. It was also the last war between the clans of the Genji (Minamoto) and the Heike (Taira). The Heike were defeated by the Genji, and it led to the end of the Heike Clan. Following this great battle, many of the Heike threw themselves into the sea.


Illustrated in Takeda Hideo and the Japanese Cartoon Tradition at The British Museum.

About the artist

As one of Japan’s most important creative minds, Hideo Takeda's work speaks to a global audience. Over his long career, Takeda has inhabited multiple identities and worked with innumerable media. From paintings to prints, Hideo Takeda’s artistic output is defined by its persistent flexibility, adaptation, and the thrill of surprise. Combining the aesthetics of traditional Japanese prints, western cartoons, and textile patterns, Hideo Takeda’s work is boldly graphic, often surreal, and subtly beautiful.

Born in Osaka in 1948, Hideo Takeda was accepted to the prestigious Tama Art University, where he completed his degree in sculpture. It was his drawings and works on paper, however, that propelled Takeda into the spotlight, and shortly after graduation he received the prestigious Bungei-Shunju Cartoon Award in 1976. In 1993, Takeda enjoyed a one-man show at the British Museum and today his work can be found in the permanent collections of prestigious institutions worldwide.