Themes in Yoshitoshi’s Prints

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As a print designer, Yoshitoshi worked within many genres. If you thrilled to the sights of battle and the exploits of those who fought them, he had warrior prints (musha-e) for you. They depicted battles and heroes from history, mythology, and literature, like Picture of ‘White Stripe in the Waves’ Zhang Shun and ‘Black Whirlwind’ Li Kui Fighting in the Water—a scene from a Chinese novel popular in Japan called Tales of the Water Margin.

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