Heavy Rain at Ochanomizu Bridge — お茶の水橋 大雨
by Kobayashi Kiyochika (1847-1915)
|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 Bio:||Kobayashi Kiyochika (小林 清親, September 10, 1847 – November 28, 1915) was a Japanese ukiyo-e artist of the Meiji period.|
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)