Kiyochika: Ono no Tofu
Artist: Kobayashi Kiyochika
Title: Ono no Tofu
Series: Kyodo risshi no motoi (Instruction in the Fundamentals of Success)
Number three, Ono no Tofu. The famous calligrapher to the emperors in the 10th century, Ono no Tofu is shown in classic scholarly robes, looking back at what must be a royal structure. The somber and understated visual tone of this series matches the pedantic motivation behind its publication.
Condition: Excellent impression, color and condition.
Publisher: Matsuki Heikichi
Literature: See Kiyochika: Artist of Meiji Japan by Henry Smith (1988), fig. 83.
Signature: Kobayashi Kiyochika