Kobayashi Kiyochika Daytime at Zojiji in Shiba

Kobayashi Kiyochika, 1847-1915

Daytime at Zojiji in Shiba
(Shiba Zojoji nicchu)

embellished with a dusting of mica in the shadows in the lower left corner and on the dark green pines; signed at lower left, Kobayashi Kiyochika hitsu, the title along the bottom margin, Shiba Zojoji nichhu, the date and publication information on the right-hand margin in three sections; top: on todoke Meiji - nen - gatsu - ka (registered, Meiji -month - day) followed by the publisher's information, Fukuda Kumajiro located in Hasegawa-cho, and the artist, Gako Kobayashi Kiyochika ga, with his address in Yonezawa-cho, ca. 1880

oban yoko-e 9 by 13 1/4 in., 22.8 by 33.7 cm

The Machida City Museum's retrospective catalogue illustrates two other variants of this composition, both dated 1880. The first, and likely earliest, features rays of light against a pattern of clouds in the sky, dark trees near the temple gate, and light brown foreground with dark shading in the lower left corner. The second lightens up the palette with a pale blue sky without any clouds or rays of light, and areas of flat bright green in the landscaping, and light brown shaded foreground. This version utilizes a classic ukiyo-e coloration with blue bokashi in the sky, green and grey bokashi on the plantings, and darker grey bokashi in the foreground.

Kiyochika, Goyo, Shinsui hanga ten: Meiji, Taisho no ukiyo-e shi, Seibu Hyakkaten, 1976, no. 22
Hideki Kikkawa, Kobayashi Kiyochika: Studies in Light and Shadow of the Westernization of Japan, Seigensha Art Publishing, 2015, p. 99, no. 128
Kobayashi Kiyochika: A Retrospective, Machida City Museum of Graphic Arts, 2016, p. 50, nos. 61-62
(inv. no. 10-4840)



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