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.
Yoshitoshi at the Asian Art Museum
Some of my favorites include:
「Hokusai. Kohada Koheiji, killed by his wife and her lover. Ukiyo-e. 1830」
This picture is shifted 90 degrees. Correctly, a skeleton pushes away a mosquito net downward and the skeleton is looking in at the bottom.