Kiyochika Kobayashi, Opening the Hyonmu Gate Under a Hail of Bullets, The First Sino-Japanese War

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Artist: Kiyochika Kobayashi (1847-1915)
Title: Alone Opening the Hyonmu Gate Under a Hail of Bullets (冒弾雨単身開玄武門)
Series title: The First Sino-Japanese War
Publisher: Matsuki Heikichi
Date: 1894
Size: (L)25 x 36.1 (C)24.8 x 36.1 (R)24.9 x 36.1 cm

Original Japanese woodblock print.

kiyochika kobayashi, Alone Opening the Hyonmu Gate Under a Hail of Bullets (冒弾雨単身開玄武門), The First Sino-Japanese War
kiyochika kobayashi, Alone Opening the Hyonmu Gate Under a Hail of Bullets (冒弾雨単身開玄武門), The First Sino-Japanese War kiyochika kobayashi, Alone Opening the Hyonmu Gate Under a Hail of Bullets (冒弾雨単身開玄武門), The First Sino-Japanese War

Battle triptychs were produced in large numbers during the Sino-Japanese (1894 - 1895) and Russo-Japanese wars (1904 - 1905) to satisfy widespread interest in the progress of the imperial army and maintain popular support for the conflicts. The prints idealised the heroism of Japanese troops risking their lives for the emperor. As the demand for traditional woodblock prints fell in the Meiji era, many artists turned to wartime propaganda to make ends meet.

Kiyochika Kobayashi


Born in Edo, Kiyochika was the son of a minor government official. He studied Western oil painting under Charles Wirgman and Japanese style painting with Kawanabe Kyosai and Shibata Zeshin. Influenced by imported lithographs and etchings, he turned to woodblock printing. He as also an illustrator for books, magazines and newspapers, having reported and depicted the Russo-Japanese War of 1894 – 1895. In his prints, he produced views of contemporary Tokyo as it changed under the impact of Western influences. Although he was unable to revitalise the ukiyo-e style, he is considered the last of the important ukiyo-e printmakers.

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Print FormatTriptych
ArtistKiyochika Kobayashi
SubjectWar
Dimensions(L)25 x 36.1 (C)24.8 x 36.1 (R)24.9 x 36.1 cm
Condition ReportVery light soiling, minor creases on the margins, pencil note at the top.
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