The Death of Taira no Kiyomori


Artist
Takeda Hideo (Japanese, b. 1948)
Date
1985
Medium
Screenprint
Dimensions
Image : 15 1/2 x 20 3/4 in. (39.37 x 52.71 cm)
Sheet : 19 x 24 3/4 in. (48.26 x 62.87 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of Verne and Paula Armintrout Trinoskey
Object Number
2016.4.2

Label
Takeda Hideo began his artistic career as a cartoonist but switched to printmaking in the 1980s. He is known as an excellent draftsman and colorist with a vivid imagination and his images often have a bizarre, surreal quality that is leavened with a biting sense of humor. This image belongs to Takeda’s most famous series of prints depicting characters and stories from the 12th century Genpei Wars, when two powerful military families—the Taira and the Minamoto—battled for control of Japan. The Genpei Wars are the subject of one of Japan’s best known historical epics, the Heike Monogatori, and have been a frequent topic for Japanese artists since the 16th century.

Object Type
Print
Academic Themes
Death and Dying