Kobayashi Kiyochika

Kiyochika & Japan, Transformed: Prints from the Arthur R. Miller Collection

August 24-December 10, 2017

The exhibition Kiyochika and Japan, Transformed showcases over 30 color woodblock prints by Kobayashi Kiyochika (1847-1915), who witnessed firsthand the transformation of Japan when it opened to the West after centuries of isolation. These prints, drawn from the extraordinary collections of University of Rochester alumnus Arthur R. Miller, emphasize the complexities of modern and traditional life in late-19th century Japan. Kiyochika’s work is characterized by his innovative use of light and shadow as well as his juxtapositions of subject matter, both old and new, in his rapidly changing world.

shown (detail): Kobayashi Kiyochika (Japanese, 1847 – 1915)
Sumida River at Night (Sumidagawa yoru), ca. 1881
Color woodblock print
Collection of Arthur R. Miller, ’56, ‘08 (LLD), 3.2017.11L