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Kiyochika

Kobayashi Kiyochika

1847-1915

Evening View of Hashiba in Tokyo
(Tokyo hashiba watashi tasogare no kei)

the Japanese title centered on the top margin, signed in red cartouche at lower left, Hoensha Kobayashi Kiyochika ga, with address, Wakamiya-cho nihyaku jusan banchi, and the publisher's name and address on the left margin, Yoshikawa-cho nibanchi (Wakamiya Town 213, Yoshikawa Town 2), Matsuki Heikichi ban, ca. 1876

oban yoko-e 9 3/4 by 13 7/8 in., 24.7 by 35.3 cm

In August of 1876, Kiyochika and the publisher Matsuki Heikichi IV (1836-1891) embarked on an ambitious project of producing an untitled series of prints that depict views of the rapidly developing capital utilizing Western-style perspective and realism. Four of the first five prints issued initially featured English titles, suggesting that there was an intention to market the prints to the foreigners. Slightly later impressions, such as this example, elimate the date and English titles and tinker with the application of color-- in this case softening the gradation of blue in the sky and the water while darkening the treeline in the distance.

References:
Tokichi Sakai, Kiyochika, The Japan Association for the Preservation of Ukiyo-e, translation by N.S. Gankow, 1969, no. 3
Exhibition of Kobayashi Kiyochika, Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art, 1998, p. 23, no.4
Hideki Kikkawa, Kobayashi Kiyochika: Studies in Light and Shadow of the Westernization of Japan, Seigensha Art Publishing, 2015, p. 58, nos. 73-75
Kobayashi Kiyochika: A Retrospective, Machida City Museum of Graphic Arts, 2016, p. 30, nos. 26-27
(inv. no. 10-4822)

price: $ 1,200

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