The Woodblock Print
This is a mid edition version of Eijiro Kobayashi‘s “Evening Cool on Sumida” done in the blue tone. This woodblock has exceptional color and detail in its tones and highlights. No discolorations, a clean verso, full margins with deckle. An astounding example of this print.
About the Artist
Eijiro Kobayashi was born in 1870 (died in 1946). Little is known about the life of Eijiro Kobayashi beyond his contributions to Hasegawa’s Night Scenes by Watanabe. He is known for woodblock prints of romantic night and evening scenes in shin hanga style of which there are only three different designs attributed to him, the fourth being attributed to “Whistler”. The prints were published by Hasegawa, and later by Nishinomiya, and three showing scenes from the Sumida river and one design showing a pagoda.