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Toyohara Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Chikanobu was one of the leading woodblock print artists of the Meiji era, producing hundreds of high-quality print designs of a variety of subjects.

Early life

Born in 1838 in Niigata Prefecture, Chikanobu was the older of two sons. His father was a samurai, a retainer of the Sakakibara clan. He studied Kano school painting as a child and developed an interest in ukiyo-e in his teens. He studied with Kuniyoshi and then with Kunisada and Kunichika.

During the Meiji Restoration, he joined the Tokugawa shogun’s elite samurai brigade, the shogitai, and fought against the emperor’s forces in the Battle of Ueno and the Battle of Hakodate. After the fall of the shogun, he went to Tokyo and started to make a living as a woodblock print artist.

Woodblock printing

Chikanobu began his new career designing prints of kabuki scenes and actors in the styles of Kunisada and Kunichika. But over the years he developed his own distinctive style. It was more delicate, intricate, and sophisticated, with a beautiful array of colors. He started to take on more varied subjects. The customs, manners, and styles of women were favorite subjects. He did scenes from historical events and legendary tales, including military prints documenting the Sino-Japanese War and many other battles from the Meiji period and earlier. For a period of time, his prints showcased the modernization of Meiji Japan, but they later turned back to more traditional Japanese culture.

Chikanobu's prints were released by a number of different publishers, mostly in Tokyo. The level of detail and deluxe printing techniques resulted in some of the best prints produced in the Meiji era. His beautifully detailed designs were quite popular during his lifetime and many of the single prints and triptychs commanded high prices at the time.

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The Meiji Era (1868 - 1912) by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

The Meiji Era (1868 - 1912)


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

$235.00 Fixed Price
The Meiji Era (1868 - 1912) by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

The Meiji Era (1868 - 1912)


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

$235.00 Fixed Price
The Meiji Era (1868 - 1912) by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

The Meiji Era (1868 - 1912)


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

$235.00 Fixed Price
The Kan'ei Era (1624 - 1644) by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

The Kan'ei Era (1624 - 1644)


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

$235.00 Fixed Price
Buddha Festival by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Buddha Festival


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)


Lovely Chiyoda Palace series
$385.00 Fixed Price
Poems after Snow at the Imperial Palace, 1886 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Poems after Snow at the Imperial Palace, 1886


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)


Lovely beauties design
$425.00 Fixed Price
Muronotsu Courtesan, No. 8 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Muronotsu Courtesan, No. 8


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

$195.00 Fixed Price
Girls Playing Hanetsuki by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Girls Playing Hanetsuki


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)


Charming, rarely seen East series
$165.00 Fixed Price
Playing Ohajiki by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Playing Ohajiki


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)


Charming, rarely seen East series
$165.00 Fixed Price
Ueno Kiyomizu, 1879 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Ueno Kiyomizu, 1879


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

$275.00 Fixed Price
Beauties of Kadoebi-ro, 1884 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Beauties of Kadoebi-ro, 1884


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

$125.00 Fixed Price
Courtesans of Daimonji-ro, 1883 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Courtesans of Daimonji-ro, 1883


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

$125.00 Fixed Price
Beauties of the Inamoto-ro, 1883 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Beauties of the Inamoto-ro, 1883


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

$125.00 Fixed Price
Courtesans of Daimonji-ro, 1884 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Courtesans of Daimonji-ro, 1884


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

$125.00 Fixed Price
Edo, Snow at Yoshiwara, Urazato, No. 29 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Edo, Snow at Yoshiwara, Urazato, No. 29


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)


Especially fine Chikanobu Snow, Moon, Flowers designs
$235.00 Fixed Price
Echigo, Snow in Niigata, Ayume and Takane, No. 35 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Echigo, Snow in Niigata, Ayume and Takane, No. 35


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)


Especially fine Chikanobu Snow, Moon, Flowers designs
$235.00 Fixed Price
Yamato, Utabiko, Lady Kasuga and Princess Chujo, No. 8 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Yamato, Utabiko, Lady Kasuga and Princess Chujo, No. 8


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)


Especially fine Chikanobu Snow, Moon, Flowers designs
$235.00 Fixed Price
Boshu, Flowers of Kominato, Lotus Pond, Myomeijiro and His Wife Umechiyo, No. 42  by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Boshu, Flowers of Kominato, Lotus Pond, Myomeijiro and His Wife Umechiyo, No. 42


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)


Especially fine Chikanobu Snow, Moon, Flowers designs
$235.00 Fixed Price
Rest by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Rest


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)


Beautiful, rare Meiji triptych
$1255.00 Fixed Price
Magician and Archer in Wolf Skin by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Magician and Archer in Wolf Skin


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)


Fantastic, rarely seen Chikanobu design
$1675.00 Fixed Price
Yamashiro, Flowers of Daigo-ji, Chancellor Hideyoshi and Lady Yodogimi, No. 45 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Yamashiro, Flowers of Daigo-ji, Chancellor Hideyoshi and Lady Yodogimi, No. 45


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)


Especially fine Chikanobu Snow, Moon, Flowers designs
$215.00 Fixed Price
Edo, Flowers of Yoshiwara, the Courtesan Katsuragi, Fuwa Banzaemon and Nagoya Sanza, No. 6 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Edo, Flowers of Yoshiwara, the Courtesan Katsuragi, Fuwa Banzaemon and Nagoya Sanza, No. 6


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)


Especially fine Chikanobu Snow, Moon, Flowers designs
$275.00 Fixed Price
Shinano Province, Moon over Rice Fields, Mochizuki Saemon, Inspector Ozawa, Yasuda's wife Shiragiku, and Hanawakamaru, No. 26 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Shinano Province, Moon over Rice Fields, Mochizuki Saemon, Inspector Ozawa, Yasuda's wife Shiragiku, and Hanawakamaru, No. 26


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)


Especially fine Chikanobu Snow, Moon, Flowers designs
$275.00 Fixed Price
Playing Ball by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Playing Ball


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)


Lovely, classic Chikanobu beauty design
$495.00 Fixed Price
Cherry Blossom Viewing by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Cherry Blossom Viewing


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)


Lovely, classic Chikanobu beauty design
$495.00 Fixed Price
Beauties Visiting a Waterfall by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Beauties Visiting a Waterfall


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)


Lovely, classic Chikanobu beauty design
$495.00 Fixed Price
Wisteria Viewing at Ushijima by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Wisteria Viewing at Ushijima


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)


Lovely, classic Chikanobu beauty design
$495.00 Fixed Price
Shimosa, Snow at Iwahashi, Kiuchi Sogoro, No. 20 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Shimosa, Snow at Iwahashi, Kiuchi Sogoro, No. 20


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)


Especially fine Chikanobu Snow, Moon, Flowers designs
$285.00 Fixed Price
Visiting Senso-ji Temple by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Visiting Senso-ji Temple


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

$575.00 Fixed Price
Yamashiro, Flowers of Kiyomizu, Princess Sakura, No. 18 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Yamashiro, Flowers of Kiyomizu, Princess Sakura, No. 18


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)


Especially fine Chikanobu Snow, Moon, Flowers designs
$335.00 Fixed Price

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