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Meiji Era, 1868 - 1912

The Meiji Era marked the end of the feudal system under the shoguns with the restoration of the Emperor to power. The Tokugawa Shogunate ended in 1868, and Prince Mutsuhito became the first Emperor of the Meiji era. The new political system abolished the samurai class, and Japan underwent rapid modernization, embracing Western technology, governance, and social structure.

These changes affected the art of woodblock prints as well. The introduction of new imported synthetic and aniline dyes produced the bright reds and purples common to Meiji era prints. Subject matter also reflected the changing culture, with prints depicting modern stone buildings or new technology such as trains or telephone wires. Other designs reflect the incorporation of Western fashions into society, with accessories such umbrellas, hats, canes, and shoes showing the modernity of the wearer. Some artists also showed a greater interest in Western art techniques such as perspective and shading, elements not seen in earlier Japanese woodblocks.

While kabuki and beauty prints remained popular, contemporary subject matter also included senso-e or (war pictures), most often of the Satsuma Rebellion in 1877 and the Sino-Japanese War of 1894 -1895. Famous artists of the Meiji era include Yoshitoshi, Kunichika, and Chikanobu. Vibrant color and attention to detail characterize the the woodblocks of the Meiji era.

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Scene from Gosho no Gorozo, 1887 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Scene from Gosho no Gorozo, 1887


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Bid: $145.00
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Buy: $215.00
Standard Auction
Bids: 0
Ends: 14h 55m53726
Woman in a Nine-tailed Fox Kimono, 1882 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Woman in a Nine-tailed Fox Kimono, 1882


Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Bid: $145.00
or
Buy: $215.00
Standard Auction
Bids: 0
Ends: 14h 54m53666
Five-panel Sino-Japanese War Battle Paper Model Print, 1895 by Meiji era artist (unsigned)

Five-panel Sino-Japanese War Battle Paper Model Print, 1895


Meiji era artist (unsigned)


Rare paper model print design!
Bid: $235.00
or
Buy: $285.00
Standard Auction
Bids: 0
Ends: 14h 46m53186
Three-panel Yoshiwara Kabuki Paper Model Print, 1896 by Meiji era artist (unsigned)

Three-panel Yoshiwara Kabuki Paper Model Print, 1896


Meiji era artist (unsigned)

Bid: $260.00
or
Buy: $320.00
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Ends: 14h 45m53126
The Fever of Taira no Kiyomori, 1883 by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

The Fever of Taira no Kiyomori, 1883


Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)


Fine Yoshitoshi- Summer Exhibition & Sale
$7450.00
$5960.97
Fixed Price
Ushiwaka and Benkei Dueling on Gojo Bridge: An Episode from the Chronicles of Yoshitsune, 1881 by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

Ushiwaka and Benkei Dueling on Gojo Bridge: An Episode from the Chronicles of Yoshitsune, 1881


Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)


Fine Yoshitoshi- Summer Exhibition & Sale
$9175.00
$7340.97
Fixed Price
Summer: Women Bathing at the Daishoro Flower Garden in Nezu, 1883 by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

Summer: Women Bathing at the Daishoro Flower Garden in Nezu, 1883


Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)


Fine Yoshitoshi- Summer Exhibition & Sale
$5575.00
$4460.97
Fixed Price
Kingo Chunagon Hideaki Looking up at a Ghost, 1868 by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

Kingo Chunagon Hideaki Looking up at a Ghost, 1868


Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)


Fine Yoshitoshi- Summer Exhibition & Sale
$1825.00
$1277.96
Fixed Price
Re Brigade, Ninth Group, Nezu: Kawarazaki Gonjuro I as Kawabata Denkichi, 1863 by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892) and Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Re Brigade, Ninth Group, Nezu: Kawarazaki Gonjuro I as Kawabata Denkichi, 1863


Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892) and Kunisada (1786 - 1864)


Fine Yoshitoshi- Summer Exhibition & Sale
$1275.00
$1020.97
Fixed Price
Sawamura Tossho II as Sutewakamaru by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Sawamura Tossho II as Sutewakamaru


Kunichika (1835 - 1900)


Great design!
$185.00 Fixed Price
Fluttering Kuchi-e Print by Takeuchi Keishu (1861 - 1942)

Fluttering Kuchi-e Print


Takeuchi Keishu (1861 - 1942)


Especially fine example of the kuchi-e genre
$145.00 Fixed Price
Red Peach Kuchi-e Print, 1908 by Takeuchi Keishu (1847 - 1915)

Red Peach Kuchi-e Print, 1908


Takeuchi Keishu (1847 - 1915)


Especially fine example of the kuchi-e genre
$145.00 Fixed Price
Harvesting Taro Roots, 1897 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Harvesting Taro Roots, 1897


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)


Fantastic Chikanobu triptych
$765.00 Fixed Price
Snow on the Plum Blossoms by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Snow on the Plum Blossoms


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)


Rare Chikanobu beauties series
$295.00 Fixed Price
Japanese Snow Flower by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Japanese Snow Flower


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)


Rare Chikanobu beauties series
$295.00 Fixed Price
Moon Viewing on the 26th Evening by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Moon Viewing on the 26th Evening


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)


Rare Chikanobu beauties series
$295.00 Fixed Price
Beauty on a Rainy Day by Meiji era artist (unsigned)

Beauty on a Rainy Day


Meiji era artist (unsigned)


Charming Meiji design
$85.00 Fixed Price
Beauty on a Rainy Day by Meiji era artist (unsigned)

Beauty on a Rainy Day


Meiji era artist (unsigned)


Charming Meiji design
$85.00 Fixed Price
Sagaki Family Envoy, 1883 by Toyonobu (1859 - 1886)

Sagaki Family Envoy, 1883


Toyonobu (1859 - 1886)

$245.00 Fixed Price
Horio Yoshiharu Leads Hideyoshi to Inabayama Castle, 1883 by Toyonobu (1859 - 1886)

Horio Yoshiharu Leads Hideyoshi to Inabayama Castle, 1883


Toyonobu (1859 - 1886)

$245.00 Fixed Price
Wada Koremasa and His Followers Rescuing Ashikaga Yoshiteru by Toyonobu (1859 - 1886)

Wada Koremasa and His Followers Rescuing Ashikaga Yoshiteru


Toyonobu (1859 - 1886)

$245.00 Fixed Price
The Spiraling (Effect) of the Fundamental Law on the Fearful Party (Russians), 1904 by Kiyochika (1847 - 1915)

The Spiraling (Effect) of the Fundamental Law on the Fearful Party (Russians), 1904


Kiyochika (1847 - 1915)


Great Kiyochika satire series!
$115.00 Fixed Price
Operating on a General's Arm, 1904 by Kiyochika (1847 - 1915)

Operating on a General's Arm, 1904


Kiyochika (1847 - 1915)


Great Kiyochika satire series!
$115.00 Fixed Price
Sawamura Tanosuke III as the Woman Kansuke, 1865 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Sawamura Tanosuke III as the Woman Kansuke, 1865


Kunichika (1835 - 1900)


Great design!
$145.00 Fixed Price
Scene from Oshu Adachi-ga-hara, 1865 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Scene from Oshu Adachi-ga-hara, 1865


Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

$125.00 Fixed Price
Horse Racing at Ueno, Tokyo, 1884 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Horse Racing at Ueno, Tokyo, 1884


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

$285.00 Fixed Price
Beauty and Arguing Men, 1881 by Chikashige (active circa 1869 - 1882)

Beauty and Arguing Men, 1881


Chikashige (active circa 1869 - 1882)


Beautiful burnished detail
$185.00 Fixed Price
Kabayaki Eel Shop, Beauty with a Floral Hair Ornament, and Leaf Textile Pattern by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Kabayaki Eel Shop, Beauty with a Floral Hair Ornament, and Leaf Textile Pattern


Kunichika (1835 - 1900)


Terrific Kunichika Tokyo series, a client favorite!
$95.00 Fixed Price
Kitamura Restaurant, Beauty Displaying a Scroll, and Doll Textile Pattern by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Kitamura Restaurant, Beauty Displaying a Scroll, and Doll Textile Pattern


Kunichika (1835 - 1900)


Terrific Kunichika Tokyo series, a client favorite!
$95.00 Fixed Price
Shin Yoshiwara Kyomachi Restaurant Kaneko Kuni, Beauty Writing with a Brush, and Eitai Bridge Textile Pattern by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Shin Yoshiwara Kyomachi Restaurant Kaneko Kuni, Beauty Writing with a Brush, and Eitai Bridge Textile Pattern


Kunichika (1835 - 1900)


Terrific Kunichika Tokyo series, a client favorite!
$95.00 Fixed Price
Ataka Matsu Sushi, Beauty in a Doorway, and Shinkawa Sake Shop Textile Pattern by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Ataka Matsu Sushi, Beauty in a Doorway, and Shinkawa Sake Shop Textile Pattern


Kunichika (1835 - 1900)


Terrific Kunichika Tokyo series, a client favorite!
$95.00 Fixed Price
Restaurant, Beauty in a Green Kimono, and Horikiri Iris Textile Pattern by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Restaurant, Beauty in a Green Kimono, and Horikiri Iris Textile Pattern


Kunichika (1835 - 1900)


Terrific Kunichika Tokyo series, a client favorite!
$95.00 Fixed Price
Snow on the Sumida River, Dawn of the New Year, 1863 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Snow on the Sumida River, Dawn of the New Year, 1863


Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

$395.00 Fixed Price
Stage Debut (Omemie) by Ginko (active 1874 - 1897)

Stage Debut (Omemie)


Ginko (active 1874 - 1897)


Great Events of the Theatrical Year series
$115.00 Fixed Price
Front Door Entertainers (Kido-haori) by Ginko (active 1874 - 1897)

Front Door Entertainers (Kido-haori)


Ginko (active 1874 - 1897)


Great Events of the Theatrical Year series
$115.00 Fixed Price
The Successive Generations of the Tokugawa Shoguns, 1880 by Kyosai (1831 - 1889)

The Successive Generations of the Tokugawa Shoguns, 1880


Kyosai (1831 - 1889)


Rare Kyosai design, first time offered
$565.00 Fixed Price
Yamashiro, Flowers of Arashiyama, Lady Kumano, No. 36 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Yamashiro, Flowers of Arashiyama, Lady Kumano, No. 36


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)


Lovely Snow, Moon, Flowers series
$265.00 Fixed Price
Princess Yuki and a Dragon Appearing, 1873 by Chikashige (active circa 1869 - 1882)

Princess Yuki and a Dragon Appearing, 1873


Chikashige (active circa 1869 - 1882)

$185.00 Fixed Price
Yaozen Restaurant in Ueno by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Yaozen Restaurant in Ueno


Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

$85.00 Fixed Price
Jusenro Restaurant at Asahiro by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Jusenro Restaurant at Asahiro


Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

$85.00 Fixed Price
Villa of a Wealthy Family, 1889 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Villa of a Wealthy Family, 1889


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)


Lovely Meiji design
$345.00 Fixed Price
Takechiyo, son of the Second Tokugawa Shogun, Hidetada, 1889 by Kunisada III (1848 - 1920)

Takechiyo, son of the Second Tokugawa Shogun, Hidetada, 1889


Kunisada III (1848 - 1920)

$455.00 Fixed Price
The Brave Sekitori-rank Sumo Wrestlers by Yoshiiku (1833 - 1904)

The Brave Sekitori-rank Sumo Wrestlers


Yoshiiku (1833 - 1904)

$565.00 Fixed Price
Umegaya Totaro Entering the Ring, 1884 by Toyonobu (1859 - 1886)

Umegaya Totaro Entering the Ring, 1884


Toyonobu (1859 - 1886)

$415.00 Fixed Price
Sumo Wrestler Kurosaki Sakichi, 1854 by Gyokuha

Sumo Wrestler Kurosaki Sakichi, 1854


Gyokuha

$195.00 Fixed Price
Shirabyoshi Dancer: Woman of the Kenkyu Era (1190 - 1199) by Toshikata (1866 - 1908)

Shirabyoshi Dancer: Woman of the Kenkyu Era (1190 - 1199)


Toshikata (1866 - 1908)

$125.00 Fixed Price
Rebel Headquarters at Kawajiri, 1877 by Kyosai (1831 - 1889)

Rebel Headquarters at Kawajiri, 1877


Kyosai (1831 - 1889)

$645.00 Fixed Price
Drawing Tansai (Light Coloring), 1897 by Miyagawa Shuntei (1873 - 1914)

Drawing Tansai (Light Coloring), 1897


Miyagawa Shuntei (1873 - 1914)


Charming Flowers of the Floating World series
$95.00 Fixed Price
Playing Cards, 1897 by Miyagawa Shuntei (1873 - 1914)

Playing Cards, 1897


Miyagawa Shuntei (1873 - 1914)


Charming Flowers of the Floating World series
$95.00 Fixed Price
Child Raising, 1897 by Miyagawa Shuntei (1873 - 1914)

Child Raising, 1897


Miyagawa Shuntei (1873 - 1914)


Charming Flowers of the Floating World series
$95.00 Fixed Price

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