A book-sized illustration by Kason Suzuki in excellent condition, this woodblock was most likely the cover of a small pamphlet-book presenting news/propaganda for the First Sino-Japanese War (25 July 1894 – 17 April 1895). The print illustrates the modernizing Japanese army (Western-attired cavalry soldier) in the act of slaying the traditional-attired Chinese cavalry soldier.
The Woodblock Print
This woodblock print measures 5 3/4″ x 8 1/4″, a typical size for a small book, where it would have been bound in what is the right margin. The print is in excellent condition, with crisp edges, intact margins, and a clean verso. A beautiful and rare woodblock.
About the Artist
Kason Suzuki was born in 1860 (died 1919). He had studied traditional Japanese painting. After his graduation he exhibited several times with the state-sponsored art exhibitions of Bunten and received several prizes at these art shows. Later Kason Suzuki became a member of of the Imperial Academy of Fine Arts. Ohara Koson (1877-1945), a famous woodblock printmaker, was one of his students.