The fortress in Jinzhoucheng, on a narrow inlet between Dalian and Society Bays, was the natural place to make a stand in defending Port Arthur. On November 16, 1894, the Japanese blitzed the Chinese fortress, leaving the way open for the taking of Dalian Bay.
As in most of Kiyochikas’ war prints, the dramatic action is only a pretext for exploring contrasts of light and shade. Characteristic of Kiyochika’s style is the depiction of figures silhouetted against the black night sky or by bursting light. His figures are integrated into the landscape by the atmosphere and light by tonal effects of colour printed over colour.
Collections : Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf Collection, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts.
The Mead Art Museum, Amherst College.
The Worcester Art Museum.
References : Illustrated in the 1991 Worcester Art Museum Catalogue “In Battles Light”, Catalogue number 14. p.41.
Illustrated in the 2008 paper Throwing Off Asia II: woodblock prints of the Sino-Japanese War (1894-95) by John W. Dower – Chapter Two, “Kiyochika’s War”.pp.2-2 and 2-16.
Illustrated in the Shinbaku Books 2014 publication “Massacres in Manchuria: Sino Japanese War Prints 1894-1895”, page 83.