MATERIAL: Hand-Written/Painted
TYPE: Manuscript
DIMENSIONS: 11 X 15 inches
NOTES: Previously unseen and very rare original.
ITEM ID: 1945
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Russo-Japanese War Propaganda Painting

DATE
Year: 1904
Decade: 1900s
Century: 20th (1901-2000)

Russo-Japanese War cartoon propaganda painting, possibly by Kobayashi Kiyochika, depicting a wounded Russian soldier being carried away to safety with Japanese soldiers in the distance and the caption above: “Waga Taiho Yori Koka Daimari” = “Your Red Cross has better results than your cannons.”

According to scholar Andrew Gebert, “During the 1904–05 conflict, Japan was scrupulous in its observation of the 1899 Hague Conventions. This marked the high point in Japan’s relationship with international (humanitarian) law. They were operating under the assumption that this would help them gain full entry into the coveted circle of “civilized nations.”

ARTISTS
Name: Kobayashi Kiyochika
Type: Artist
Artists Dates: 10 September 1847 – 28 November 1915
Artist Information: Kobayashi Kiyochika (小林 清親) was a Japanese ukiyo-e artist, best known for his color woodblock prints and newspaper illustrations. His work documents the rapid modernization and Westernization Japan underwent during the Meiji period (1868–1912) and employs a sense of light and shade called kōsen-ga [ja] inspired by Western art techniques. His work first found an audience in the 1870s with prints of red-brick buildings and trains that had proliferated after the Meiji Restoration; his prints of the First Sino-Japanese War of 1894–95 were also popular. Woodblock printing fell out of favor during this period, and many collectors consider Kobayashi's work the last significant example of ukiyo-e.