Kiyochika: Sôgo at the Ferry Landing--An Authentic View

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Artist: Kobayashi Kiyochika
Title: Sôgo at the Ferry Landing--An Authentic View
Date: 1884

Considered Kiyochika’s finest historical triptych, we see the dramatic moment when Sôgo is thanking the Ferryman Jinbei for taking him across the river, a deed for which he will pay with his life. Sôgo is on a journey to plead for a reduction in taxes for the starving farmers, an illegal act that will cost him his life. The “snow”, comprised of gofun, has been applied in a unique way for each print, so it differs on every example.

A popular kabuki play was made from this story.

Condition: Excellent impression, color and condition.
Dimensions: ôban triptych
Publisher: Matsuki Heikichi
Literature: See “Kiyochika: Artist of Meiji Japan”, page 66, number 71 by Henry Smith II.
Signature: Kobayashi Kiyochika ga