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The Battle at Tien-Chuang-Tai: The Gathering of Eleven Generals

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

The Battle at Tien-Chuang-Tai:

The Gathering of Eleven Generals

by Ogata Gekkō, 1895


IHL Cat. #543

About This Print

Source: The Sino-Japanese War, Nathan Chaikin, self-published, 1983, p. 97.

"The entire staff, an imposing one, stands still as the city is burning.  Their names as they appear on the script:
Yamaji, Chūjō (Lieutenant-General); Oshima Hisanao, Shōsō (Major-General); Nozu, Taishō (Marshal); Katsura, Chūjō; Nogi, Shōsō; Nishi, Shōsō; Oshima Yoshimasa, Shōsō; Oseko, Shōsō; Kuroda, Shōsō; Oku (perhaps Okuyama?), Chūjō; Ogawa, Shōsō.

One of Gekkō's masterpieces.  The range of colours, totally his, the beautiful conception of the "end of the day", the raging fire and the tormented pine trees soon to burst into flames, the whiteness of the snow, and a certain sense of futility pervading the morning, the feeling of wastefulness of it all.  Yes, a very great artist, a master...

This is the end of the road for the Japanese.  The Chinese retreated to North Chinchou (or Chinchow), and the country was now clear of them on both sides of the Liao river for a distance of 30 to 40 miles north-east of Yingkow (or Yingtzu), whilst on the Liaoyang road their most advanced post was north-east of Anchanchan."


Print Details

 IHL Catalog
 #543
 Title or Description  The Battle at Tien-Chuang-Tai (Denshōdai): The Gathering of Eleven Generals [Denshōdai no eki (田庄台之役): Shōkō jūichi-mei dōsho ni kasiu 将校十一名]
 Artist  Ogata Gekkō (1859-1920)
 Signature  Gekkō
 Seal  Unidentified square artist's seal below signature
 Publication Date  May 1895 (Meiji 28)
 Publisher  Sekiguchi Masajirō
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  good - center and right sheets joined, light soiling; trimmed to image
 Genre  ukiyo-e - senso-e (Sino-Japanese War); Meiji era
 Miscellaneous  
 Format  vertical oban triptych
 H x W Paper
 13 7/8 x 9 1/4 in. (35.2 x 23.5 cm) left sheet; 13 7/8 x 18 1/2 in. (35.2 x 47 cm) joined center and right sheets
 Literature
 The Sino-Japanese War, Nathan Chaikin, self-published, 1983, p. 97, pl. 79.
 Collections This Print
 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 2000.204a-c

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