Thursday, June 4, 2009

The evocative and beautifully composed works of 19th century artist Tsukioka Yoshitoshi are as mysterious as Tarot cards, and indeed, some would make arresting Trumps. Above is a drawing of the Emperor Jimmu. While the Emperor is traditionally shown seated, I think this Emperor possesses all the attributes one normally associates with this card: authority and mastery over those around him.

This drawing is titled 'The Ghost of Yugao,' from his series 100 Phases of the Moon. I think it makes a haunting (quite literally) Moon card, one that expresses the nocturnal beauty and mystery one typically associates with this card.