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 - Intriguing image of a driver pulling a rickshaw with a beauty down the Ginza, passing the Nipposha publishing house where newspapers were printed. The English title is rendered phonetically, an interesting touch suggesting that the original design published in 1876 expected a foreign audience. Blossoming cherry trees line the street, with a vending stand at left and a horse-drawn carriage passing in the opposite direction. An interesting spring scene.
Artist - Kiyochika (1847 - 1915)
Image Size - 9 3/4" x 14 3/4" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Slight thinning on reverse at top corners from original publisher mounting. A few prints have a few small spots or a couple light creases at edges. Please see photos for details. Generally in good to nice condition overall.