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 - Atmospheric scene of two women in a boat harvesting seaweed on an overcast morning at Omori, the sky and water rendered in misty shades of gray. Silhouettes of ships are faintly visible along the horizon through the low-lying fog. The figures and boat in the foreground are the only colored objects in the otherwise monochromatic scene. A lovely view perfectly evoking the gray calm of a damp day. A rarely seen subject from Kiyochika's views of Tokyo.
Artist - Kiyochika (1847 - 1915)
Image Size - 8 1/8" x 12 1/2" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Slight separation at ends of vertical centerfold, slight thinning at edge, repaired. Slight soiling and creasing. Please see photos for details.