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Takeda, Hideo (1948 - Present)

The End of Kiso Yoshinaka

Series: Genpei
Medium: Silkscreen
Date: 1985-1993
Size (H x W): 26 x 20.5 (inches)
Edition: 103/200
Provenance: Artist's Private Collection
Signature: Hideo Takeda
Condition: Very good condition



After bidding farewell to his beloved mistress, Tomoe-Gozen, on January 20th, 1184, Kiso Yoshinaka is left alone with Imai Kanehira. When he escapes to Matsubara in Awazu, his horse is caught in a paddy field and cannot move an inch. Just then, an arrow pierces his forehead and his head is taken. 

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 invariably speaks to a global audience. Over his long career, Takeda has inhabited multiple identities and worked with innumerable media. His art is firmly rooted in the creative potential inherent in crossing boundaries and the freedom that comes with the refusal to be categorized. As a satirist, cartoonist, printmaker, photographer, illustrator, comedian, provocateur, and as both a citizen of Japan and a citizen of the world at large, the only persistent qualities of Takeda’s artistic output are flexibility, adaptation, and surprise.


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. Combining the aesthetics of traditional prints, western cartoons, and textile patterns, Hideo Takeda’s prints are startling, boldly graphic, often surreal, and subtly beautiful. After a career of more than forty years, Takeda enjoyed a one-man show at the British Museum and his work can be found in the permanent collections of multiple prestigious institutions.