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.
Mariashobu Published Kiyochika Woodblocks - Shortly after WWII in the 1950s, the venerable Mariashobu Publisher of Kyoto produced two series of reprints of Kiyochika's fine Meiji era scenes of Tokyo. Mariashobu's expert carvers and printers created terrific reprints that closely resemble the original 1880s designs. Beautifully printed with excellent detail and fine bokashi shading, these attractive views offer a wonderful look at everyday life in Japan during the Meiji era. They also make attractive framed displays.
Comments - Lovely Kiyochika rain scene. A single figure in traditional clothing walking along the riverbank, the Shin-Ohashi Bridge in the middle ground. Beautiful atmospheric piece.
Artist - Kiyochika (1847 - 1915)
Image Size - 10" x 15 1/8" + margins as shown
Condition - With excellent color and detail as shown. Slight paper remnants on reverse at top left corner from previous folio mounting. Please see photos for details. Excellent overall.