The Death of Taira no Kiyomori
Takeda Hideo (Japanese, b. 1948)
DimensionsImage : 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 LineGift of Verne and Paula Armintrout Trinoskey
LabelTakeda 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.