Kobayashi Kiyochika


Masts at Mihonoura
(Mihonoura ho)

signed Kobayashi Kiyochika ga, dated Meiji juyonnen ichigatsu nijuka (Meiji 14 [1881], January 20), published by Matsuki Heikichi, 1881

oban yoko-e 9 5/8 by 14 1/4 in., 24.6 by 36.1 cm

This composition was derived from a sketch Kiyochika made while on a tour in 1880 which took him through the region of Hakone to the city of Shizuoka back to Tokyo along the Tokaido. However, Henry Smith points out that the location identified in the title as Miho, which he might have visited on his way to Shizuoka, offers no vantage which would correspond with this composition and suggests that the view is more likely from somewhere along the shore of Suruga Bay in between Kanbara and Numazu. To wit: Kiyochika produced a similar composition adapted to a vertical format in 1897 for the Famous Sights of Japan series identifying the location as Tago Bay.

Henry D. Smith II, Kiyo-Chika: Artist of Meiji Japan, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1988, p. 57, no. 61 (illustrated with drawing of related composition from a Kiyochika sketchbook); and p. 105, no. 114 for related 1897 Tagonoura print
Exhibition of Kobayashi Kiyochika, Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art, 1998, p. 56, no. 71
Hideki Kikkawa, Kobayashi Kiyochika: Studies in Light and Shadow of the Westernization of Japan, Seigensha Art Publishing, 2015, p. 113, no. 155

(inv. no. C-3116)

price: Sold


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