Artwork Details for Kiyochika, Kobayashi (1847-1915) "Ushigome- Quiet Morning at Mitsuke"

Kiyochika, Kobayashi (1847-1915) - Ushigome- Quiet Morning at Mitsuke - 牛込 見附の静朝

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Ushigome- Quiet Morning at Mitsuke - 牛込 見附の静朝
by Kiyochika, Kobayashi (1847-1915) - 小林清親

Artist:Kiyochika, Kobayashi (1847-1915) - 小林清親
Title:Ushigome- Quiet Morning at Mitsuke - 牛込 見附の静朝
Series:Views of Japan - 清親風景眞畫頒布会
Date:1915 (this artwork: 1914/15)
Publisher:Matsuki Heikichi
Medium:Woodblock - 木版画
Format:Oban - 大判, 31.7 x 19.9cm (image size)
Artwork Code:11179-Kobayashi_Kiyochika
Notes:At first glance this print appears to be from the "official" 1929 26-print series. However, despite the fact that the scene is essentially the same as that of the 1929 edition, on closer inspection it has quite different carving. E.g. there are no power poles and lines in this scene. It also does not contain the usual edition details on the verso. This print is, with little doubt, a very rare example from the circa 1915 trial printing.
The "official" 1929 series comprised of 26 designs and is exceptionally rare. Each print bears the title and publisher's stamp verso together with the notation Kiyochika Fukei Shin-ga Hampu kai (Society for the Distribution of Kiyochika's Landscapes). See my article here regarding this exceptionally beautiful and important series by Kiyochika.

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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