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A Picture of Advance Disposition of Troops at Weihaiwei

A Picture of Advance Disposition of Troops at Weihaiwei shingun haichi no zu.
by Kobayashi Kiyochika (1847-1915)

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Artist: Kobayashi Kiyochika (1847-1915) 小林清親
Title: A Picture of Advance Disposition of Troops at Weihaiwei shingun haichi no zu.
Date of first edition?1895
Publisher (first edition)?Not Set
Publisher (this edition)?Not Set
Medium (first edition): Woodblock
Medium (this edition): Woodblock
Format (first edition): Triptych
Format (this edition): Triptych
DB artwork code: 38121
Notes (first edition)?
Notes (this edition)?
The following information was taken from the original web listing of this artwork. Note that there may be some inaccuracies:

Monday, 1 August 2005

Sino-Japanese War Triptych: The Advance at Weihaiwei

Artist: Kiyochika
Format: Oban triptych: 13.75" x 27" overall

Subject: Ikaiei shingun haichi no zu. A Picture of Advance Disposition of Troops at Weihaiwei. After seizing Port Arthur, the victorious Japanese forces destroyed the remainder of the Chinese naval fleet at Weihaiwei on February 12, 1895. Subject illustrated in full color, page 50, 'In Battles Light', Worcester Art Museum, 1991, where it is noted that; 'The composition is particularly effective. It is the Turneresque sky, however, with its golden light and reflections in the water that makes this one of Kiyochika's outstanding prints.'

Date: 1895

Condition: Slightly trimmed. The three sheets united by Japanese album backing paper. Minor offsetting on middle sheet. Minor marks and flaws. Generally very good, fresh state.

Colour: Fine

Impression: Fine with gauffrage

Artist Bio: 
Kobayashi Kiyochika (小林 清親, September 10, 1847 – November 28, 1915) was a Japanese ukiyo-e artist of the Meiji period.

Kiyochika is best known for his prints of scenes around Tokyo which reflect the transformations of modernity. He has been described as 'the last important ukiyo-e master and the first noteworthy print artist of modern Japan... [or, perhaps] an anachronistic survival from an earlier age, a minor hero whose best efforts to adapt ukiyo-e to the new world of Meiji Japan were not quite enough'.

The son of a government official, Kiyochika was heavily influenced by Western art, which he studied under Charles Wirgman. He also based a lot of his work on Western etchings, lithographs, and photographs which became widely available in Japan in the Meiji period. Kiyochika also studied Japanese art under the great artists Kawanabe Kyōsai and Shibata Zeshin.

His woodblock prints stand apart from those of the earlier Edo period, incorporating not only Western styles but also Western subjects, as he depicted the introduction of such things as horse-drawn carriages, clock towers, and railroads to Tokyo. These show considerable influence from the landscapes of Hokusai and the work of Utagawa Kuniyoshi, but the Western influence is also unquestionable; these are much darker images on the whole, and share many features with Western lithographs and etchings of the time.

These were produced primarily from 1876 to 1881; Kiyochika would continue to publish ukiyo-e prints for the rest of his life, but also worked extensively in illustrations and sketches for newspapers, magazines, and books. He also produced a number of prints depicting scenes from the Sino-Japanese War and Russo-Japanese War, collaborating with caption writer Koppi Dojin, penname of Nishimori Takeki (1861-1913), to contribute a number of illustrations to the propaganda series Nihon banzai hyakusen hyakushō ('Long live Japan: 100 victories, 100 laughs'). (from Wiki)

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