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Dutch Men, 1861 by Yoshikazu (active circa 1850 - 1870)

Original Yoshikazu (active circa 1850 - 1870) Japanese Woodblock Print
Dutch Men, 1861

Yokohama-e - Yokohama-e are prints depicting foreigners in Yokohama after Japan was opened to trade with the West the 1850s. Previously, Japan had been closed to international trade with only a few strict exceptions, leading to curiosity among the Japanese about the new foreign arrivals and their strange clothing and customs. Many Yokohama-e designs featured people from the "Five Nations," the five countries that signed trade treaties with Japan in 1858: America, England, the Netherlands, Russia, and France. Others were fanciful depictions of foreign cities, often based on Western illustrations rather than direct observation. These prints proved popular, with hundreds of Yokohama-e published between 1859 and about 1880. These wonderful images provide a great look at this historic time period, using the traditional art form of Japanese woodblock prints to record a new subject.

Comments - Handsome Yokohama-e portrait of two Dutchmen, one riding a brown horse as he chats with his companion. Both men wear long black jackets with gold buttons over white pants, and flat caps. Each smokes a cigar, with wisps of smoke rising from it and in the air next to the horsemen as he exhales. An interesting depiction of foreigners in Japan.

Artist - Yoshikazu (active circa 1850 - 1870)

Image Size - 14 1/4" x 9 5/8"

Condition - Good detail. A few repairs and creases, light fold at side.

Dutch Men, 1861 by Yoshikazu (active circa 1850 - 1870)
Dutch Men, 1861 by Yoshikazu (active circa 1850 - 1870)

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