Samurai, Ghosts, and Lovers:
Yoshitoshi’s Complete 100 Aspects of the Moon
EXTENDED THROUGH SEPTEMBER 13, 2020
This exhibition provides the rare chance to see all 100 works in Tsukioka Yoshitoshi’s epic series 100 Aspects of the Moon. It is an exceptional opportunity provided by the DAI’s recent acquisition of a complete album set, and a fitting conclusion to the museum’s Centennial Year. A selection of works from the DAI’s Japanese collection will further enhance the experience of these endlessly fascinating masterpieces of Japanese art.
One of the outstanding series in the history of Japanese woodblock prints, Tsukioka Yoshitoshi’s (1839–1892) 100 Aspects of the Moon is also the culmination of the artist’s career. Issued as individual prints from 1885–1892, the series is a tour-de-force, combining diverse, striking designs with dramatic historical and mythical stories from Japan’s past, including samurai warriors and court ladies. The prints depict heroism and humor, love and loss, mystery and magic, and linking them all is the presence of the moon. Together, they form a concentrated introduction to Japanese culture, including its history, aesthetics, music, literature, and festivals.
Samurai, Ghosts and Lovers is organized by the Dayton Art Institute and is its only venue.
Jerry and Patty Tatar
Emerson Climate Technologies
Linda Black-Kurek Family Foundation
Bilbrey Construction, Inc.
University of Dayton
NATIONAL FOUNDATION SUPPORT PROVIDED BY
Japan Foundation New York