Kiyochika: Night Rain in Yanagihara

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Artist: Kobayashi Kiyochika
Title: Night Rain in Yanagihara
Date: 1881

Yanagihara yau. A jinriksha driver calls out to pedestrians on a rainy night in Adachi Ward. Everyone is turned away from the viewer, accentuating the feelings of alienation many people experienced during the Meiji period. A dog begs for food or attention, but the driver ignores the dog the way the pedestrians ignore the driver. The few figures that do not carry lanterns look almost wraithlike in the darkness.

Condition: Excellent impression, color and condition.
Dimensions: ôban horizontal
Publisher: Fukada Komajirô
Literature: Exhibition of Kobayashi Kiyochika, Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art, 1998, p. 36, cat. no. 30. Kobayashi Kiyochika: A Retrospective, Machida City Museum of Graphic Arts, 2016, p. 60, no. 82.
Signature: Gako Kobayashi Kiyochika (in cartouche)