Sino-Japanese War 1894-95: Yalu River. Campaign Sept. - Oct. 1894
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After crossing the Yalu River and entering Manchuria, the Japanese mounted an assault on Jiuliancheng, the centre of the Chinese defence. The night before the attack, when the fog was so thick one could not see one’s hand before one’s eyes, the troops moved forward. Although the print depicts battle scenes, Jiuliancheng was taken without fighting, for the Chinese had already withdrawn.

Kiyochika was a master of the “boneless” method of depicting form with colour rather than with contour line. Here by means of the use of tonal variations of greys and blacks as well as overprinting with black, he convincingly portrays the misty, rainy night scene.
Collections:nJean S. and Frederic A. Sharf Collection, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts.
The Worcester Art Museum.

References: Illustrated in the 1991 Worcester Art Museum Catalogue “In Battles Light”, Catalogue number 12.  p.39.

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