An image of Moon of the Red Cliffs

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

(Japan 1839 – 1892)

Moon of the Red Cliffs, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

Location
Not on display
Further information

In 1082, Song dynasty official, poet and painter Su Dongpo (also known as Su Shi) went with friends to enjoy the full moon on a boating trip to Red Cliffs on the Yangzi River. There his guests, surrounded by the grandeur of the landscape, reminisced, wrote poetry and played the flute. This motif was popular in China during the Ming dynasty (1369–1644) and activities such as picnics and poetry parties were adopted during the Edo period in Japan by 'bunjin' (literati) who recognised their debt to the Chinese literati school of painters from the period.

Place of origin
Japan
Period
Japan: Meiji period 1868–1912
Year
1889
Media
Print
Medium
colour woodblock; ōban
Dimensions
39.0 x 26.0 cm
Signature & date

Signed and dated.

Credit
Yasuko Myer Bequest Fund 2012
Accession number
258.2012.81