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 dawn at Kanda Shrine, seen through a grove of trees, the rising sun spreading a rosy glow across the sky. At right, a tree trunk frames a red temple building, and two small figures in silhouette in the distance can be seen admiring the sunrise. Nice handling of the sunlight hitting the edge of the tree in the foreground. A lovely design.
Artist - Kiyochika (1847 - 1915)
Image Size - 7 7/8" x 12 1/4" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Backed with paper. A couple holes and thinning spots, repaired with backing. Slight toning and soiling, a few creases, paper slightly curled. Please see photos for details.