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 - Fascinating depiction of a busy street in France with pedestrians sharing the street with a horse-drawn carriage and an intriguing wheeled contraption powered by a steam engine and operated by a lever. At bottom left, a man sits atop a small box next to a yoke which might be more commonly seen in Japan than in France The mountains in the distance are silhouetted in softly shaded gray and blue. A terrific Yokohama-e design. Includes a dusting of mica across the top of the night sky.
Artist - Yoshitora (active circa 1840 - 1880)
Image Size - 14 1/8" x 19 1/2" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Two separate panels. Horizontal folds. A few small losses and wormholes, repaired. Creasing, slight soiling. Please see photos for details.
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