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Heavy Rain at Ochanomizu Bridge

Heavy Rain at Ochanomizu Bridge お茶の水橋 大雨
by Kobayashi Kiyochika (1847-1915)

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Artist: Kobayashi Kiyochika (1847-1915) 小林清親
Title: Heavy Rain at Ochanomizu Bridge お茶の水橋 大雨
Series: Views of Japan 清親風景眞畫頒布会
Date 1st edition?1914 (circa)
Date of this artwork?1929 (may not be accurate)
Publisher 1st edition?Matsuki Heikichi (Daikokuya)
Publisher (this edition)?Matsuki Heikichi (Daikokuya)
Medium (1st edition): Woodblock
Medium (this edition): Woodblock
Format (1st edition): Oban
Format (this edition): Oban
DB artwork code: 41177
Notes (1st edition)?Notes by Ross:
The original "genga" sketches were drawn by Kiyochika not long before his death. Some trail prints were also produced around this time, possibly shortly after his death. The much reduced woodblock print series was finally published in 1929. See my notes here.

Title: Heavy Rain at Ocha no Mizu
Artist: Kiyochika Kobayashi 1847-1915
Description: "Ochanomizu Hashi Oh-ame". The heavy rain dims the view of the Mansei Bridge and the tower of Nicholai church along the Kanda river in Ochanomizu.
Signature: "Kiyochika" on the bottom left.
Seal: Artist's red seal on the bottom left.
Dated: designed circa 1914, first published 1928.
Publisher: Daikokuya for Kiyochika Fukei Shinga Haifu Kai. The title and publisher's info are stamped on the back.
Medium: Woodblock print.


Width Item: 15.8 inches = 40.2 cm
Height Item: 10.8 inches = 27.5 cm
Width Image: 12.3 inches = 31.3 cm
Height Image: 7.8 inches = 19.7 cm
Notes (this edition)?The following information was taken from the original web listing of this artwork. Often written by non-experts, there may be inaccuracies:

Saturday, 16 February 2008

Artist: Kiyochika
Date: ca.1915
Size/Format: Oban Yoko-e ( 15.75 by 10.75ins )
Description: Ochanomizu Bridge.
Series: Views in Japan
Publisher: Daikokuya (Matsuki Heikichi)
Condition: Residual tape marks verso.
Impression: Fine.
Notes: The blocks for this series were in preparation when Kiyochika died in 1915 and were first issued shortly thereafter. The set appears to comprise some 26 designs and is exceptionally rare. Each print bears the publisher's stamp verso together with the notation Kiyochika Fukei Shin-ga Hampu kai, i.e. of a limited edition.
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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)
版画家。東京生。江戸本所御蔵屋敷の子。幼名は勝之助。画を志し、ワーグマン・河鍋暁斎・柴田是真に師事、浮世絵師として出発する。光線と影を取り入れた新様式の洋風版画は「光線画」の名で人気を博し、両国大火後は「清親ポンチ」と呼ばれる風刺画を『団団珍聞』などに描く。錦絵の衰退により肉筆画に移行した。大正4年(1915)歿、69才。

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