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 - Terrific scene of a summer evening at Asakusa Kuramae, the street crowded with pedestrians silhouetted in black and dark gray. Tall streetlamps provide spots of warm light, casting shadows from the figures and rickshaw at lower left. Distant buildings along the horizon are softly shaded in gray against the bluish night sky. A wonderful, atmospheric image.
Artist - Kiyochika (1847 - 1915)
Image Size - 7 7/8" x 12 1/4" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Vertical centerfold. Slight thinning at corners, repaired. Slight soiling. Please see photos for details.