Original Kiyochika (1847 - 1915) Japanese Woodblock Print
Benten Shrine at Ikenohata
Kobayashi Kiyochika - Because of his place in history and the changing times in Japan while he was active, Kiyochika is considered both the last important ukiyo-e master and the first noteworthy print artist of modern Japan. Kiyochika studied photography with a pioneer in the field in Yokohama, and also Western-style painting. Kiyochika's style combines Western-style depiction of light and shade with contemporary subjects such as brick buildings and street cars, reflecting the rapid modernization of Japan during the Meiji era. Kiyochika bridges the transition from Edo era ukiyo-e to Meiji woodblock prints.
Comments - Handsome winter scene of two pedestrians crossing a bridge at Ikenohata, leaning into the wind with their umbrellas. A willow tree stands above a stone marker on the left bank, and the red building of Benten Shrine can be seen in the distance. A quiet image with fine bokashi shading in the water and sky.
Artist - Kiyochika (1847 - 1915)
Image Size - 7 7/8" x 11 1/2" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Slight thinning at corner, repaired. Slight toning and soiling, a few spots and light creases. Please see photos for details.