Tsukioka Yoshitoshi, apprenticed to ukiyo-e master Kuniyoshi since his adolescence, was twenty years old when he first began to make sketches of severed heads and dismembered corpses. Soon he would start to incorporate this imagery into his work, and his vivid and bloody battle scenes quickly caught the public eye. All of Yoshitoshi's ukiyo-e series between 1863 and 1870 would include a quantity of his trademark scenes of carnage, in particular Eimei Nijuhasshuku (1866-68), a collaboration with fellow artist Ochiai Yoshiiku. Sometimes referred to as "The Sadistic Collection Of Blood”, this series was an unashamed exercise in atrocity which took the concept of muzan-e ("cruelty prints”) to new extremes of violence and gore. In 1868, Yoshitoshi was a first-hand witness to the Battle of Ueno, a cataclysmic clash which further inspired him to create new images of evisceration and decapitation.
THE EYE OF ATROCITY, edited by Jack Hunter (who also edited the ground-breaking extreme ukiyo-e anthology "Dream Spectres”), collects and considers over 80 of the most blood-drenched and disturbing artworks produced by Yoshitoshi during his career, presented in large-format and full-colour throughout. Second in a dynamic new series presenting the cutting edge of 19th century Japanese art.
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Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892) was a leading Japanese artist. He is widely recognized as the last great master of Ukiyo-e, a type of Japanese woodblock printing. He is additionally regarded as one of the form's greatest innovators. His career spanned two eras - the last years of feudal Japan, and the first years of modern Japan following the Meiji Restoration.
Jack Hunter is author and editor of over 20 books on cinema, including EROS IN HELL and MOONCHILD, as well as the popular book on Japanese art, DREAM SPECTRES, and the counter-culture classic FREAK BABYLON.
Owariya Yonejiro was born in Edo, in 1839. He had an early interest in art, and at the age of eleven was apprenticed to the great ukiyo-e master, Kuniyoshi, who re-named him Yoshitoshi. His first published work came three years later, in 1853. It was in the 1860s that Yoshitoshi began to make sketches of severed heads and dismembered corpses. Soon he would start incorporating this imagery into his work, and his vivid and bloody battle scenes quickly grabbed the public's imagination. The next few years would be a period of fevered creativity for Yoshitoshi, cementing his reputation; series such as Wakan Hyaku Monogatari ("100 Ghost Stories From China And Japan”, 1865), Kinsei Kyôgiden ("Recent Tales Of Underworld Honour”, 1866), Azuma no Nishiki Ukiyo Kôdan ("Tales Of The Floating World On Eastern Brocade”, 1867) and Biju Suikoden ("Heroic Beauty From The Suikoden”, 1867) would all include examples of his trademark scenes of carnage. But it was one series in particular, drawn in collaboration with fellow ukiyo-e artist Ochiai Yoshiiku between 1866 and 1868, that would seal Yoshitoshi's immortal reputation in blood - Eimei Nijuhasshuku ("28 Famous Murders With Verse”). This was followed up by Yoshitoshi's vivid and violent war tribute, Kaidai Hyaku Sensô ("100 Warriors In Battle”). In the early 1870s Yoshitoshi suffered some kind of nervous breakdown, but in 1874 returned with the auspicious new appellation Taiso, meaning "great resurrection”. In 1875 he started drawing news nishiki-e for the Yubin Hochi Shinbun, following in the footsteps of Yoshiiku. Although a number of these prints were customarily gruesome, in accordance with the populist remit, Yoshitoshi would in future largely shy away from the graphic scenes of slaughter that had initially shot him to notoriety, focusing more on series of beautiful women, more staid military subjects, or ghosts. In 1891 Yoshitoshi began to decline both mentally and physically; the following year he was dead from a cerebral haemorrhage, aged just fifty-three. This new collection, The Eye Of Atrocity, presents in detail more than 80 super-violent and gore-stained examples of Yoshitoshi's art, taken from various series, and including all 14 of his contributions to Eimei Nijuhasshuku. Details for each image are provided at the back of the book, which is presented in large format and full-colour throughout. Bloody murder, suicide by disembowelment, multiple decapitations and severed heads, crucifixion, ....
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Descripción Shinbaku Books, 2012. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería P111840683058