Naval Battle at the Entrance of Inchon

Naval Battle at the Entrance of Inchon, 1904, Kobayashi Kiyochika 清親
34.5 cm71.4 cm

Naval Battle at the Entrance of Inchon is a Meiji Wood Block Print created by Kobayashi Kiyochika 清親 in 1904. It lives at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in the United States. The image is in the Public Domain, and tagged Seascapes and Battles. SourceDownload

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The full title of this three-panel woodblock print is Russo-Japanese Naval Battle at the Entrance of Inchon: The Great Victory of the Japanese Navy--BANZAI! But in a fasion typical to Kiyochika, the composition drains the scene of celebration, leaving the successful destruction of enemy vessels just an orange smear on the horizon. Conflict is far away, and though black-clad navy men raise their arms in victory, they are dwarfed by the vast ocean and the seaside cliffs. Small men and their little wars.

Reed Enger, "Naval Battle at the Entrance of Inchon," in Obelisk Art History, Published August 15, 2017; last modified June 01, 2020, http://arthistoryproject.com/artists/kobayashi-kiyochika/naval-battle-at-the-entrance-of-inchon/.

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