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
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
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
Kabuki Actor From the Kabuki series, an intense image, spiraling upwards, imbued with strong movement, bold color and expression See Print Details
Market Scene Awnings Cheerful, colorful and interesting composition, seen from above, as we observe this lively scene See Print Details
Nude A seated woman reaches upward, her rich hair falling backwards, as she abandons herself to the enjoyment of the beauty of her richly endowed body See Print Details
Palace Scene Interesting, detailed and colorful print with fine detail See Print Details
Samurai on Horseback Samuai and Horse are closely aligned in this active, spiralling composition; the horseman's raid sword and turning body follows the line of the horse's turned head and neck; excellent combination and contrast of the many colors adds to this vibrant print See Print Details
Samurai with Horse a charming depiction of a samurai with his horse, fine strong colors and composition See Print Details
The Subscription List Referenced on page 65 of "Mori Yoshitoshi Kappa- Ban":
"Fleeing north from Kyoto to escape capture, Minamoto no Yoshitsune is disguised as a porter....... He makes a dramatic exit of leaps and hops in the aragoto ("violent") style of acting."
Bold and dramatic movement, gesture, dynamic mass and strength of style distinguish Mori's Prints; they convey vitality and action. Colors are earthy, natural pigments in keeping with the off-white papers, unifying the design and bold lines in this Print of oursized dimension. (from Frances Blakemore 'Who's Who in Japanese Prints')