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Kobayashi Kiyochika Kobayashi Kiyochika, "Night rain in Yanagihara"

Item No A1-85-202-03
Title Kobayashi Kiyochika, "Night rain in Yanagihara"
Artist Kobayashi Kiyochika
Condition Burn
Size 31.4×20.5cm
Price SOLD

Here is an artwork of Kobayashi Kiyochika who was called the Last Ukiyo-e Painter popular in Meiji period with his original painting style called Kosen-ga (famous view paintings depicted effectively making use of light and shadow). Here depicted is a rainy night at Yanagihara, Adachi-word, Tokyo. A puller of Jinrikisya calls out people rushing in rain. At his bottom, a wet dog looks whimpering at the man for play. In the darkness, people put up umbrellas leaning forward lighting their feet with lantern, which light is dimly reflected on the wet ground. The sounds filling the wide street are people's footsteps walking in the mud and continuous raindrops beating the umbrellas. A calm rainy night different from the usual bustle nights.

Kobayashi Kiyochika
Ukiyoe painter. Also referred to as Hoensha, Shinseiro, and others as Betsugo. He didn’t have any particular mentor, but made a friendship with Shimooka Renjo and Kawanabe Kyosai , and also being on close terms with Shibata Zeshin. In 1874 approx., he had a chance to learn the western -style painting under Wirgman, which enabled him to invent Kosenga, a new style of multi-color prints taking in the western -style painting’s technique. He also handled caricature, and in his latest years, left many autographs.