Kiyochika: Sensoji Temple in the Snow 浅草寺雪中

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Artist: Kobayashi Kiyochika 小林清親 (1847-1915)
Title: Sensoji Temple in the Snow 浅草寺雪中
Date: 1881

A woman and her child visit the famous Sensoji Temple in winter, the bare trees reaching into the grey sky. The brilliant red roof detail and railing serve as bright contrast against the snow. There is a soft feeling to the work that matches the time of year and the muted view, and there is mica applied to areas of the sky. From an untitled series of scenes of Tokyo.

Condition: Very good impression, color and condition. Large margins and added mica.
Dimensions: ôban horizontal 25 x 36.8 cm
Publisher: Fukada Kumajirô
Signature: Kobayashi Kiyochika hitsu

Literature: Tokichi Sakai, Kiyochika, The Japan Association for the Preservation of Ukiyo-e, translation by N.S. Gankow, 1969, no. 76; Henry D. Smith II, Kiyo-Chika: Artist of Meiji Japan, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1988, p. 70, no. 78; Hideki Kikkawa, Kobayashi Kiyochika: Studies in Light and Shadow of the Westernization of Japan, Seigensha Art Publishing, 2015, p. 106, no. 147.