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Maker(s):Kobayashi Kiyochika
Culture:Japanese (1847-1915)
Title:Outbreak of Fire Seen from Hisamatus-cho (Great Fire on the Night of February 11, 1881) (Hisamatsu-cho yori miru shuk'ka, Meiji juyonen nigatsu juichinichi yoru taika)
Date Made:1881 (Meiji 14)
Materials:woodblock print (oban yoko-e)
Measurements:Sheet: 9 3/4 in x 14 3/8 in; 24.765 cm x 36.5125 cm
Accession Number:  AC 2008.40
Credit Line:Purchase with Wise Fund for Fine Arts
Museum Collection:  Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

Label Text:
Kiyochika documented both of the fires that swept over the Low City in early 1881. Both prints of the fires were based on sketches. For the fire in the first month, he reworked an earlier composition. For the one in the second month, he drew the fire as it was burning the city. The flames and smoke are noteworthy for the absence of line; Kiyochika achieved tonal gradations by superimposing different colors.
SM 2012

fires; red; smoke; buildings; shadows

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