Castle In a castle courtyard, a samurai and retinue pay homage Soft gold silhouettes of trees emerge from a rich silver grey background in this beautifully subtle design See Print Details
Charioteer A Charioteer with richly decorated horse is surrounded by warriors waving banners and shields A deep rich blue background accented with brilliant red creates a dynamic contrast, adding to the drama of the scene An unusual image for the artist, in small edition See Print Details
Festival The temple front looms high above the small figures at the entrance; banners reach upwards in deigns of white, brown and black - the overall colors of this print. A tree with curving leaves repeats a curvilinear pattern that contrasts with the overall geometricity of the design. See Print Details
Festival In this stencil print of men carrying a heavy festival float, Mori achieves an impression of effort and strain in the complex depiction of the group of men; this is contrasted to the decorated,festive appearance of their load. Wonderful contrasting patterns of light and dark color are created. See Print Details
Goro A bold actor image in shades of yellow, bronze and blue Beautifully framed in black wood with triple archival mat
Goro (Soga no Goro) The bold, energetic expression, composition and line is enhanced by the use of bright primary colors.
The subject matter of a Kabuki actor is old and traditional in Japanese woodblock medium; Mori's 1979 rendering conveys an image of dramatic intensity, speed and power that is a modern in interpretation.
Ibaragi the Demon Referenced on page 63 in Mori Yoshitoshi Kappa-ban: "One of the No plays adapted for Kabuki; confronting the demon Ibaragi, the samurai Watanabe no Tsuna cuts off Ibaragi's arm and clawed hand. Ibaragi, disguised as Watanabe's aunt, then visits Watanabe at his residence and tricks him into showing the severed arm hidden in a wooden coffin. Ibaragi seizes the arm and escapes. The print shows Ibaragi fleeing, clutching the arm."
A dramatic, dynamic print of outsized dimension, based on action-filled folklore that make up the meaty range of subjects of a Mori Print. Mori is a folk-artist in his expression, his stencil technique, his simple natural materials and his use of earthy, natural pigments in keeping with native off-white papers. They enhance the vitality of his robust scenes. (from Frances Blakemore 'Who's Who in Japanese Prints)
Intimacy Black and White two lovers are entwined in an embrace, the lines of their garments and hair flow together to create a new harmony Strong sensuous lines accentuate this beautiful print. See Print Details
Musicians A band of Musicians playing flutes, cymbals and drums
Red Warrior on Horseback A vibrant dynamic image of a warrior, poised on a galloping horse, his bow raised See Print Details
Sumo-e hanzuke A lively scene in small edition featuring two Sumo wrestlers surrounded by numerous smaller wrestlers in many sizes and postures See Print Details
Todai-ji Burning A famous image by the artist from the 'Tale of the Heike Series'. The great Buddah of Tadaji is engulfed in flames when the Taira razed the temples of the Minamoto clan A dramatic large work See Print Details
Tradesmen A lively, colorful market scene, depicting people at work in a variety of tasks and postures. The juxtaposition of strong color and pattern adds to the energetic action expressed. See Print Details