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Kobayashi Kiyochika@Night Snow at Honchodori

Item No A1-87-064-02
Title Night Snow at Honchodori
Artist Kobayashi Kiyochika
Date 1880
Condition Folding line
Size 33.5~22.5cm
Price SOLD

Kobayashi Kiyochika was a painter who studied different fields of art such as photography from western countries and oil paintings in order to take them in his own painting style. He attempted a realistic representation using the effect of light, trying some technique such as perspective or shading, and his ukiyoe created in such a way was called Kosenga which became so popular. Here depicted is a carriage running in the darkness one snowy night. In here also, a single street light is casting a soft light over the quiet darkness. Lit by the light, the snow glows whiter, letting them emerge a pedestrian holding an umbrella and a dog running around the carriage.

Kobayashi Kiyochika
Ukiyoe painter. Also referred to as Hoensha, Shinseiro, and others as Betsugo. He didnft 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 paintingfs technique. He also handled caricature, and in his latest years, left many autographs.