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 city scene of the famous Daimaru Dry Goods Store in Odenma-cho, the sides hung with curtains bearing the company's crest. In the center, a beauty hidden by an umbrella passes a boy waiting for a rickshaw fare. At right, a group of men with umbrellas with writing on them walks together beneath a fluttering banner. Street lamps and overhead wires follow the bend in the street into the distance. An interesting design, nicely detailed. The first time we've offered this subject.
Artist - Kiyochika (1847 - 1915)
Image Size - 7 7/8" x 12 1/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Backed with paper. Two vertical folds. Hole, repaired. Slight soiling, a few spots and creases. Please see photos for details.