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 - Fantastic Kiyochika design capturing the great fire that swept through Tokyo in 1881, as seen from Hamacho. A huge fire burns on both sides of the Ryogoku Bridge, red flames and smoke filling the sky. A few firemen in short quilted jackets stop and watch while another runs towards the conflagration, while families flee in the opposite direction. A dramatic print and a great historical record.
Artist - Kiyochika (1847 - 1915)
Image Size - 8" x 12 3/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with nice color and detail as shown. Remargined at left edge. Creasing at edges, a few spots. Please see photos for details.