Palace Guard

by Kiyochika (1847 - 1915)

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Palace Guard by Kiyochika (1847 - 1915)

Kiyochika (1847 - 1915) Japanese Woodblock Reprint
Palace Guard

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 - Amusing depiction of a palace guard on horseback chasing a young girl. She looks back as she runs, her umbrella tucked at her side. A bridge stretches across the moat behind the pair, joining the imposing stone walls of the fortress. A very unusual subject to find in reprint.

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.

Palace Guard by Kiyochika (1847 - 1915)
Palace Guard by Kiyochika (1847 - 1915)