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Maker(s):Kobayashi Kiyochika
Culture:Japanese (1847-1915)
Title:Night on the Sumida River (Sumidagawa yoru)
Date Made:1881 (Meiji 14)
Materials:woodblock print (oban yoko-e)
Measurements:Sheet: 9 5/8 in x 14 1/2 in; 24.4475 cm x 36.83 cm
Accession Number:  AC 2008.41
Credit Line:Purchase with Wise Fund for Fine Arts
Museum Collection:  Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

Label Text:
A couple walks along the eastern bank of the Sumida River at dusk. The man wears traditional Japanese clothes paired with a bowler hat. The time is sunset, and lights from restaurants near the mouth of the Sanya Canal, which leads to the Yoshiwara district, reflect off the surface of the water. Kiyochika was fascinated with the effects of light, a feature unknown in traditional woodblock prints. Images such as this one came to be known as “light pictures.”
SM 2012

rivers; silhouettes; light; reflection; text; figures

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