One Hundred Aspects of the Moon
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892) was a pupil of Kuniyoshi and is widely recognized as the last great master of Ukiyo-e. He is additionally regarded as one of the form's greatest innovators. His career spanned two eras “ the last years of feudal Japan, and the first years of modern Japan following the Meiji Restoration. Like many Japanese, Yoshitoshi was interested in new things from the rest of the world, but over time he became increasingly concerned with the loss of many outstanding aspects of traditional Japanese culture, among them traditional woodblock printing.
By 1884, Yoshitoshi had more than eighty apprentices. This enabled him to try ambitious projects, like One Hundred Aspects of the Moon, a series showing incidents from Japanese and Chinese history and legend, with the moon as the unifying element. This series was so popular at the time of its release that people would line up on the day a new print was expected to be sure of being able to get a copy.
His life is perhaps best summed up by John Stevenson: “Yoshitoshi's courage, vision and force of character gave ukiyo-e another generation of life, and illuminated it with one last burst of glory.”