Kobayashi Kiyochika - Because of his place in history and the changing times in Japan while he was active, Kiyochika is considered both the last important ukiyo-e master and the first noteworthy print artist of modern Japan. Kiyochika studied photography with a pioneer in the field in Yokohama, and also Western-style painting. Kiyochika's style combines Western-style depiction of light and shade with contemporary subjects such as brick buildings and street cars, reflecting the rapid modernization of Japan during the Meiji era. Kiyochika bridges the transition from Edo era ukiyo-e to Meiji woodblock prints.
Comments - Handsome view of a rickshaw driver carrying a passenger along the edge of a river. A man walks toward him wearing a Western hat and coat, the figures casting long shadows on the ground. Eitai Bridge stretches across the water in the distance, with the tall masts of ships visible beyond. Lovely color and shading in the sky. A quiet, peaceful scene.
Artist - Kiyochika (1847 - 1915)
Image Size - 8" x 12 1/4"
Condition - This print with nice color and detail as shown. Light toning, a few small repairs and creases. Please see photos for details.