Kiyochika: Moonlight on the Sumida River
Artist: Kobayashi Kiyochika
Title: Moonlight on the Sumida River
Series: Untitled series on places in Tokyo
Okawagishi Ichinohashi enkei (Distant View of the Ichinohashi Bridge from the Great [Sumida] River Embankment). Rare design of two running men with a passenger in a ricksha, all seen in silhouette. A yellow moon rises above the far bank, surrounded by clouds, the moonlight reflecting in the water. This work almost feels comforting compared to his other night scenes of the time, perhaps because the main source of illumination is the full moon, a source of light in the sky that is not here eclipsed by gas lanterns or anything man-made.
Condition: Excellent impression, color and condition. Small repaired wormage near left margin.
Dimensions: ôban horizontal 24.3 x 36.4 cm
Publisher: Fukada Komajirô
Literature: See “Kiyochika and Yasuji” (2012), number 65, page 52.
Signature: Gakô Kobayashi Kiyochika (right margin)