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Sorrow of Kesa Gozen: from the series of the Tale of Heike

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Sorrow of Kesa Gozen: from the series of the Tale of Heike

Mori Yoshitoshi, Japanese, (1898–1992)

Creation date: 1972
Creation place: Japan

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Medium and Support: Mixed media on paper
Credit Line: Lawrence and Sally Krause
Accession Number: 2014.29
Dimensions: 19 11/16 x 27 9/16 in. (50 x 70 cm)

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04/10/2017 Diana Chou
Reflecting his interest in the literature of medieval Japan, this dramatic print comes from Mori's series illustrating The Take of Heike, an epic poem of the thirteenth century. Endo Morito is obsessed with the beauty of Kesa Gozen, who is happily married. In order to wed Kesa, Endo intends to murder her husband, but instead mistakenly kills Kesa herself. A dominant use of red reflects Endo's passion as well as Kesa's death.
Last Updated: 4/10/2017

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This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Modern Japan: Prints from Taisho Era (1912-1926) & Beyond The San Diego Museum of Art , 4/7/2017 - 8/13/2017

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