Artwork Details for Kiyochika, Kobayashi (1847-1915) "Morning View of Shinobazu Benten Shrine"

Kiyochika, Kobayashi (1847-1915) - Morning View of Shinobazu Benten Shrine

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Morning View of Shinobazu Benten Shrine
by Kiyochika, Kobayashi (1847-1915) - 小林清親

Artist:Kiyochika, Kobayashi (1847-1915) - 小林清親
Title:Morning View of Shinobazu Benten Shrine
Series:Views of Japan - 清親風景眞畫頒布会
Date:1913/14/15 (this artwork: 1914/15)
Publisher:Matsuki Heikichi
Medium:Woodblock - 木版画
Format:Oban - 大判, 31.9 x 20.5cm (image size)
Artwork Code:10783-Kobayashi_Kiyochika
Notes:This is a very rare trial print for the incomplete series "Views of Japan". This print was not selected for publication among the 28 prints that were finally published in 1929. See "Kiyochika, Artist of Meiji Japan" for a discussion of this print. See my article here regarding this exceptionally beautiful and important series by Kiyochika. Sheet size 36.5 x 24.8cm.

This artwork is from my personal collection and is not for sale.

Artist Biography:
Kobayashi Kiyochika (小林 清親, September 10, 1847 – November 28, 1915) was a Japanese ukiyo-e artist of the Meiji period.

Kiyochika is best known for his prints of scenes around Tokyo which reflect the transformations of modernity. He has been described as 'the last important ukiyo-e master and the first noteworthy print artist of modern Japan... [or, perhaps] an anachronistic survival from an earlier age, a minor hero whose best efforts to adapt ukiyo-e to the new world of Meiji Japan were not quite enough'.

The son of a government official, Kiyochika was heavily influenced by Western art, which he studied under Charles Wirgman. He also based a lot of his work on Western etchings, lithographs, and photographs which became widely available in Japan in the Meiji period. Kiyochika also studied Japanese art under the great artists Kawanabe Kyōsai and Shibata Zeshin.

His woodblock prints stand apart from those of the earlier Edo period, incorporating not only Western styles but also Western subjects, as he depicted the introduction of such things as horse-drawn carriages, clock towers, and railroads to Tokyo. These show considerable influence from the landscapes of Hokusai and the work of Utagawa Kuniyoshi, but the Western influence is also unquestionable; these are much darker images on the whole, and share many features with Western lithographs and etchings of the time.

These were produced primarily from 1876 to 1881; Kiyochika would continue to publish ukiyo-e prints for the rest of his life, but also worked extensively in illustrations and sketches for newspapers, magazines, and books. He also produced a number of prints depicting scenes from the Sino-Japanese War and Russo-Japanese War, collaborating with caption writer Koppi Dojin, penname of Nishimori Takeki (1861-1913), to contribute a number of illustrations to the propaganda series Nihon banzai hyakusen hyakushō ('Long live Japan: 100 victories, 100 laughs'). (from Wiki)

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