I got interested in Yoshitoshi’s (1839 – 1892) work about a year ago, while reading about Japanese Ghosts and Demons for a story I was conjuring at the time.
Kohada Koheiji, killed by his wife and her lover. Hokusai, 1830
He is the last master of traditional ukiyo-e (Pictures of the Floating World). What makes his work distinctive [for me] compared to my other two favorite ukiyo-e artists – Hiroshige and Hokusai – is not only the sinister content of many of his prints, but also the rich colors, complex textures and layers, and an unprecendented dynamism.
Some of my favorites include: