Kiyochika: Tskukuba Mountain
Artist: Kobayashi Kiyochika
Title: Tskukuba Mountain
Series: Views of the Famous Sights of Japan (Nihon meishô zue)
Date: March 1897
Tsukuba Mountain Seen from Sakura River in Hitachi. A woman heading for the fields, hoe and lunch in hand, heads along a path towards a bridge. Coming across the brdige are a man leading his horse, both straining against the wind. The wind is also evident in the ranches of the willow tree and the woman’s trailing headscarf. A strong contrast to Kiyochika’s war designs, the defining feature of this series is its utter peace and tranquility and painterly feeling. This is number 20 in the series.
Condition: Excellent impression, color and condition.
Publisher: Matsuki Heikichi
Literature: See Henry Smith’s “Kiyochika: Artist of Meiji Japan” plate 114, page 105 for a description of another work. In the collection of LACMA.