Artwork Details for Kiyochika, Kobayashi (1847-1915) "Honjo Fujimi Crossing - Sunset Fuji from Hyappon-Kui"

Kiyochika, Kobayashi (1847-1915) - Honjo Fujimi Crossing - Sunset Fuji from Hyappon-Kui - 本所富士見の渡し 百本杭の夕富士

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Honjo Fujimi Crossing - Sunset Fuji from Hyappon-Kui - 本所富士見の渡し 百本杭の夕富士
by Kiyochika, Kobayashi (1847-1915) - 小林清親

Artist:Kiyochika, Kobayashi (1847-1915) - 小林清親
Title:Honjo Fujimi Crossing - Sunset Fuji from Hyappon-Kui - 本所富士見の渡し 百本杭の夕富士
Series:Views of Japan - 清親風景眞畫頒布会
Date:1915 (this artwork: First edition (1929))
Publisher:Matsuki Heikichi
Medium:Woodblock - 木版画
Format:Oban - 大判, 32 x 20cm (image size)
Artwork Code:12480-Kobayashi_Kiyochika
Notes:Originally sketched by Kiyochika with trial prints produced in 1914/1915, the first official edition was not published until 1929.
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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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