Kiyochika: Ryogoku Bridge from Thousand Stakes (Sold)

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Artist: Kobayashi Kiyochika
Title: Ryogoku Bridge from Thousand Stakes
Date: 1880

In the foreground is an impressive assembly of stakes known as Senbongui (”Thousand Stakes”), which served as a breakwater to protect the shore in a curve in the Sumida River. It must be near sunset, as the sky is aglow with pink and there is a bright yellow streak across the sky. We see a man in a boat casting a pole, the ripples evident in the prow of his boat as it bobs up and down with his exertions. This work was done in numerous color schemes; here the overarching color is pink, which was applied with a hint of mica.

Condition: Very good impression; excellent color and condition.
Dimensions: ôban horizontal
Publisher: Fukada Komajirô
Literature: See Henry Smith II’s book “Kiyochika: Artist of Meiji Japan”, plate 21, page 34.
Signature: Kobayashi Kiyochika