Our Moon was full this week. Regular readers of this blog know that I love that universe out there and follow celestial events near and far. The Moon is our closest contact with that outer space. We know the Moon more than we know the Sun (which is certainly much more critical to our existence). We have stood on the Moon. We watch it appear to change day by day. It helped us determine our calendar month.
Artists have been drawing the Moon as long as we know by the art they left behind. Recently I read about a book titled One Hundred Aspects of the Moon. It is a collection of woodblock prints by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892). he was the most influential and prolific woodblock print artist of Meiji Japan.
He started creating the prints in 1885 and completed the series before his death in 1892. There are 100 images in the series. The images illustrate stories from history and legend and are unified by the motif of the moon, although the moon doesn’t appear in every print.
Printed in book form with explanatory text, they explain aspects of Japanese history and legend.
Yoshitoshi’s series One Hundred Aspects of the Moon consists of one hundred woodblocks, published in his later years, between 1885 -1892. Although the moon appears in only a few prints, it is a unifying motif for the whole series.
In an earlier post, I discussed the influence that Japanese art had on Vincent van Gogh and other Impressionists.