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 - Intriguing view of the busy boat traffic along the Sumida River with Edobashi (Edo Bridge) in the distance. Glowing lights are reflected in the shimmer water and Mt. Fuji shows pale against the purple twilight, dwarfed by a towering cloud. Beautifully shaded with an attractive color palette.
Woodblock reprints - In the 20th century, artists and publishers collaborated to recreate famous woodblock prints for interested Japanese collectors and Westerners looking for rare designs. New blocks were made, and the prints were painstakingly printed by artisan printers in the same method as the 19th century originals - one block for each color. Woodblock reprints were an opportunity to collect and enjoy a famous design at a small fraction of the price of an original. They still are today.
Artist - Kiyochika (1847 - 1915)
Image Size - 9 3/4" x 14 3/4" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. SPlease see photos for details. Nice condition overall.