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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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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
Izumi Province, Flowers of Nambu, Botange Shohaku, No. 24 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Izumi Province, Flowers of Nambu, Botange Shohaku, No. 24
Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Especially fine Chikanobu Snow, Moon, Flowers designs
$285.00 Fixed Price
Sanshu, Snow at Okazaki, Disposing of Lady Tsukiyama, No. 44 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Sanshu, Snow at Okazaki, Disposing of Lady Tsukiyama, No. 44
Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Especially fine Chikanobu Snow, Moon, Flowers designs
$285.00 Fixed Price
Yamashiro, Snow at Rokuhara, Prime Minister Monk Jokai, No. 14 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Yamashiro, Snow at Rokuhara, Prime Minister Monk Jokai, No. 14
Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Especially fine Chikanobu Snow, Moon, Flowers designs
$975.00 Fixed Price
Mikawa, Moon over Okazaki, Ushiwakamaru and Princess Joruri, No. 13 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Mikawa, Moon over Okazaki, Ushiwakamaru and Princess Joruri, No. 13
Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Especially fine Chikanobu Snow, Moon, Flowers designs
$285.00 Fixed Price
Chikuzen, Flowers of Tsukushi, Kato Shigeuji, Lady Maki and Lady Chidori, No. 21 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Chikuzen, Flowers of Tsukushi, Kato Shigeuji, Lady Maki and Lady Chidori, No. 21
Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Especially fine Chikanobu Snow, Moon, Flowers designs
$285.00 Fixed Price
Sanuki, Moon over Kotohiki Shrine, Princess Shiranui and Butoda, No. 22 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Sanuki, Moon over Kotohiki Shrine, Princess Shiranui and Butoda, No. 22
Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Especially fine Chikanobu Snow, Moon, Flowers designs
$285.00 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
Sagami, Flowers of Yokoyama, Princess Terute and Oguri Hangan, No. 48 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Sagami, Flowers of Yokoyama, Princess Terute and Oguri Hangan, No. 48
Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Especially fine Chikanobu Snow, Moon, Flowers designs
$285.00 Fixed Price
Settsu, Moon over Suma, Murasame, Yukihira and Matsukaze, No. 5 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Settsu, Moon over Suma, Murasame, Yukihira and Matsukaze, No. 5
Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Especially fine Chikanobu Snow, Moon, Flowers designs
$285.00 Fixed Price
Edo, Moon over the Pleasure Quarters, Takao by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Edo, Moon over the Pleasure Quarters, Takao
Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Especially fine Chikanobu Snow, Moon, Flowers designs
$285.00 Fixed Price
Yamashiro, Moon over Saga, Minister Nakakuni and Lady Kogo, No. 10 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Yamashiro, Moon over Saga, Minister Nakakuni and Lady Kogo, No. 10
Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Especially fine Chikanobu Snow, Moon, Flowers designs
$285.00 Fixed Price
Harima, Moon over Akashi, Miyuki and Miyagi, No. 43 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Harima, Moon over Akashi, Miyuki and Miyagi, No. 43
Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Especially fine Chikanobu Snow, Moon, Flowers designs
$285.00 Fixed Price
A Procession of Feudal Lords Visiting the Temple at Ueno by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
A Procession of Feudal Lords Visiting the Temple at Ueno
Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
$425.00 Fixed Price

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