Artist: Eijiro Kobayashi (1870-1946)Title: Night Scenes: 'Evening on the Sumida River'Date: c1910-1920Medium: Woodblock PrintSize: 9.75" x 7"It depicts a beautiful night scene on the Sumida River, with passengers on a small boat, with a cascading weeping willow, under a full moon, and basked in vivid blue color. This original Japanese woodblock print, with artist's seal Eijiro (Kobayashi), was published by Hasegawa-Nishinomiya, c1910-20's. The Night Scenes series of twenty-one chuban prints illustrates evening views evocative of traditional Japan in a limited pallette of sepia or blue originally issued in the 1910s, although Nishinomiya seems to have continued to produce the simple nocturnes in the same format into the 1920s. The collaborative series included the work of Koho Shoda (1871-1946), Yoshimune Arai (1873-1945), Kobayashi Kiyochika (1847-1915), Suzuki Gyosui (1898-?) and Kobayashi Eijiro (1870-1946). A 1920s catalogue issued by Hasegawa-Nishinomiya illustrates each of the twenty-one designs with titles. Its folder measures 14" high by 10.5" wide. The print measures 9.75" high by 7" wide, no margins. It is in superb condition, and remains in its original folder as published c1910.
Eijiro Kobayashi was a Japanese printmaker who was a well known shin-hanga ("New Prints") artist.
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