Up for auction is a rare piece of history and art. This is a lithograph by Japanese artist Ryōzō Tanaka as part of series titled "The Illustration Of The Great European War" This is number "20" in the series and is depicting "The adroit scheme of the Belgian troops in demolishing the dikes and inundating the country inflicted upon the Germans a great blow".
This was most likely printed in 1914 shortly after the Battle of the Yser.
It is evident from the artwork that Tanaka had never been to Belgium let alone Europe. To make up for his lack of knowledge on the European landscape he takes influence from his own homeland of Japan by substituting the flats of Belgium for the mountainous, volcanic regions of Japan.
What's wonderful about this lithograph is how the artist (Ryōzō Tanaka) escapes into his imagination and lets his hand wonder. The battle depicted is full of life and action, with men and horses of the German infantry being drowned in the flooded valleys of Belgium and swept away with the Belgium troops firing from the high ground onto the trapped German troops below. Above the swarms of soldiers, a zeppelin and seaplane fly over surveying the chaos below with the zeppelin bombing troops below. On the mountains a fort, most likely Fort de Loncin, is shown in the clouds with the Belgian flag waving proudly in the wind.
This is a must have for any collector and is an incredible opportunity to own a piece of Ryōzō Tanaka artwork as lithographs from "The Illustration Of The Great European War" series are incredibly rare and very rarely come up to auction.
There is damage to the edges and there are small holes as well as the image having been folded. for further information, please look at the images provided. It's mounted in a frame and will be sent well packed and tracked.
- País de origen
- Unidad del ejército
- Estado aceptable.
- Original / réplica
- 36×48×0 cm
- Viene con certificado de autenticidad