66.1 × 87.2cm
A House on the Road in Nara (1930)
color on paper; framed
66.1 x 87.2 cm
(First exhibited at the 2nd Prince Shōtoku Taishi Memorial Exhibition)
Since Kiyokata disliked train travel, in the spring of 1930, he drove through the Tokai area and the area around Kyoto to Kobe to see off friends who were traveling to Rome to attend an exhibition of Japanese art. During the trip, he painted this picturesque white-walled house, which he came across at the south gate of Tōshōdaiji Temple in Nara. Buildings were rarely the main focus of Kiyokata’s canvases, but this picture conveys the deep emotion he felt on coming into contact with the culture of ancient Nara, so different from his native Tokyo. In addition to this house, Kiyokata also drew Nara landscape and scenery in his sketch book, including a house with water gate to draw water from canal, small roadside shrines, and the view from Nigatsudō Hall at Tōdaiji.