Kiyochika: Summer night at Asakusa
Artist: Kobayashi Kiyochika
Title: Summer night at Asakusa
“Summer Night at Asakusa Kuramae (Asakusa Kuramae natsu [no] yoru). Smith describes this scene has having a “poetic blend of dusk and gaslight”. These evening street scenes communicate the alienation that the residents of Tokyo must have been feeling as a result of rapid westernization. Here the skyline shows a traditional row of buildings, but on the left are the newly erected gaslamps and telegraph poles, which must have been an astonishment. Kiyochika has also carefully spaced the silhouetted figures, giving them an apparition-like appearance. The feeling is of isolation and loneliness despite the newfangled street lights.
Condition: Very good impression, color and condition. Several longitudinal creases.
Dimensions: ôban horizontal
Publisher: Fukada Kumajirô
Literature: Shown in “Kiyochika: Artist of Meiji Japan” by Henry D. Smith II, number 23, page 35.
Signature: Kobayashi Kiyochika