Gakki o motsu bijo: Beauties with musical instruments

Method Woodblock (nishiki-e)
Artist Kiyochika Kobayashi, 1847-1915
Published c.1880
Dimensions Ôban tate-e triptych [Each sheet ~15.6 x 10.7 inches]
Notes Artists Seal and Signature: Kiyochika
Publisher: Hatsujirō

A scene showing three figures playing musical instruments. A large decorative screen is seen in the background, with a tea set laid out in front.

Kobayashi Kiyochika (1847-1915) was a Japanese ukiyo-e artist, best known for his colour woodblock prints and newspaper illustrations. The son of a military retainer of the Tokugawa family, Kiyochika studied briefly with Kawanabe Gyosai and Shibara Zeshin. His best known works depict scenes of the assimilation of Western influences, often dramatically lit by the moon, fire, or fireworks. From the early 1880s he turned to political and social satire and worked for a number of comic journals and newspapers, among them Marumaru chinbun for which he made cartoons for 18 years. He worked with 6 different publishers, designed over 80 battle triptychs during the Sino-Japanese War and he also designed a few prints of the Russo-Japanese War.

Condition: Laid to paper. Light toning to sheets. Small stain to right of title.
Framing mounted
Price £550.00
Stock ID 51225