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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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Nitta no Yoshisada, 1876 by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Nitta no Yoshisada, 1876
Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Fuji Arts Special Auction - Original Yoshitoshi opening at $89!
Bid: $134.00 Standard Auction
Bids: 4
Ends: 3d 1h 38m265117
Uesugi Terutora Kenshin Dances in Front of a Bonfire, 1878 by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Uesugi Terutora Kenshin Dances in Front of a Bonfire, 1878
Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Fuji Arts Special Auction - Original Yoshitoshi opening at $89!
Bid: $89.00 Standard Auction
Bids: 1
Ends: 3d 1h 37m265057
Title Page for Thirty-Six Ghosts by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Title Page for Thirty-Six Ghosts
Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Fuji Arts Special Auction - Original Yoshitoshi opening at $89!
Bid: $89.00 Standard Auction
Bids: 1
Ends: 3d 1h 36m264997
An Honest Rickshaw Driver; A Bad-mannered Rickshaw Driver by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
An Honest Rickshaw Driver; A Bad-mannered Rickshaw Driver
Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Fuji Arts Special Auction - Original Yoshitoshi opening at $89!
Bid: $89.00 Standard Auction
Bids: 0
Ends: 3d 1h 35m264937
Twisting the Nose of a Tengu at the Kompira Shrine at Toranomon by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Twisting the Nose of a Tengu at the Kompira Shrine at Toranomon
Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Fuji Arts Special Auction - Original Yoshitoshi opening at $89!
Bid: $90.00 Standard Auction
Bids: 2
Ends: 3d 1h 34m264877
A Woman Falling down the Arched Bridge at Temmangu Shrine, Kameido by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
A Woman Falling down the Arched Bridge at Temmangu Shrine, Kameido
Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Fuji Arts Special Auction - Original Yoshitoshi opening at $89!
Bid: $89.00 Standard Auction
Bids: 0
Ends: 3d 1h 33m264817
A Kite Flies Off with a Bonito at Seidozaka by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
A Kite Flies Off with a Bonito at Seidozaka
Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Fuji Arts Special Auction - Original Yoshitoshi opening at $89!
Bid: $89.00 Standard Auction
Bids: 0
Ends: 3d 1h 32m264757
Tea Servers with a Telescope at Atagoyama in Shiba by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Tea Servers with a Telescope at Atagoyama in Shiba
Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Fuji Arts Special Auction - Original Yoshitoshi opening at $79!
Bid: $79.00 Standard Auction
Bids: 0
Ends: 3d 1h 31m264697
News from Kagoshima: View of the Parting of Takamori and His Beloved Concubine, 1877 by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
News from Kagoshima: View of the Parting of Takamori and His Beloved Concubine, 1877
Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Fuji Arts Special Auction - Original Yoshitoshi opening at $79!
Bid: $79.00 Standard Auction
Bids: 0
Ends: 3d 1h 30m264637
New Play at the Kabukiza, 1891 by Kunisada III (1848 - 1920)
New Play at the Kabukiza, 1891
Kunisada III (1848 - 1920)
Opening at $25 only! Any high bid wins, values to $1,000!
Bid: $34.00 Standard Auction
Bids: 2
Ends: 3d 1h 28m264517
Play in the Road at Okazaki, 1883 by Toyonobu (1859 - 1886)
Play in the Road at Okazaki, 1883
Toyonobu (1859 - 1886)
Opening at $25 only! Any high bid wins, values to $1,000!
Bid: $25.00 Standard Auction
Bids: 1
Ends: 3d 1h 27m264457
Two Beauties Kakemono Original Painting by Meiji era artist (unsigned)
Two Beauties Kakemono Original Painting
Meiji era artist (unsigned)
Opening at $25 only! Any high bid wins, values to $1,000!
Bid: $25.00 Standard Auction
Bids: 0
Ends: 3d 1h 23m264217
Dragonfly and Moths by Meiji era artist (unsigned)
Dragonfly and Moths
Meiji era artist (unsigned)
Opening at $25 only! Any high bid wins, values to $1,000!
Bid: $25.00 Standard Auction
Bids: 1
Ends: 3d 1h 21m264097
Scene from Engi-mo Yosa Takara no Mayudama, 1898 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Scene from Engi-mo Yosa Takara no Mayudama, 1898
Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Opening at $25 only! Any high bid wins, values to $1,000!
Bid: $42.00 Standard Auction
Bids: 5
Ends: 3d 1h 10m263437
The Demon of Mt. Togakushi, 1887 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
The Demon of Mt. Togakushi, 1887
Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Opening at $25 only! Any high bid wins, values to $1,000!
Bid: $28.00 Standard Auction
Bids: 2
Ends: 3d 1h 9m263377
The Battle at Tianzhuangdai: The Gathering of Eleven Generals, 1895 by Gekko (1859 - 1920)
The Battle at Tianzhuangdai: The Gathering of Eleven Generals, 1895
Gekko (1859 - 1920)
Opening at $25 only! Any high bid wins, values to $1,000!
Bid: $53.66 Standard Auction
Bids: 2
Ends: 3d 1h 4m263077
Cockfighting in a Garden, 1898 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Cockfighting in a Garden, 1898
Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Opening at $25 only! Any high bid wins, values to $1,000!
Bid: $76.00 Standard Auction
Bids: 3
Ends: 3d 0h 57m262657
The 47 Ronin, Act 8 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
The 47 Ronin, Act 8
Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Opening at $25 only! Any high bid wins, values to $1,000!
Bid: $34.00 Standard Auction
Bids: 3
Ends: 3d 0h 56m262597
Flower Arranging by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Flower Arranging
Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Opening at $25 only! Any high bid wins, values to $1,000!
Bid: $25.00 Standard Auction
Bids: 1
Ends: 3d 0h 55m262537
Ichikawa Sadanji I as Osho Jiro (above) and Nakamura Shikan IV as a Nio Nidayu by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Ichikawa Sadanji I as Osho Jiro (above) and Nakamura Shikan IV as a Nio Nidayu
Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Great dragon kimono
Bid: $95.00
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Buy: $135.00
Standard Auction
Bids: 0
Ends: 3d 0h 54m262477
Onoe Kikugoro V as Tobi Kakitsu (above), Nakamura Shikan IV as a Footman, Bando Mitsugoro VI as a Courtesan, and Bando Hikosaburo V as a Daimyo by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Onoe Kikugoro V as Tobi Kakitsu (above), Nakamura Shikan IV as a Footman, Bando Mitsugoro VI as a Courtesan, and Bando Hikosaburo V as a Daimyo
Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Bid: $95.00
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Buy: $135.00
Standard Auction
Bids: 0
Ends: 3d 0h 53m262417
Sawamura Tanosuke III as Otake (above), Ichikawa Sadanji I as Marubashi Chuya, and Nakamura Arajiro I as Police Officer Tsujibei by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Sawamura Tanosuke III as Otake (above), Ichikawa Sadanji I as Marubashi Chuya, and Nakamura Arajiro I as Police Officer Tsujibei
Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Bid: $95.00
or
Buy: $135.00
Standard Auction
Bids: 0
Ends: 3d 0h 52m262357
Kawarazaki Mimasu as the Monk Renseibo (above), Bando Hikosaburo V as Jinnai, and Ichikawa Sadanji I as as Rickshaw Driver by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Kawarazaki Mimasu as the Monk Renseibo (above), Bando Hikosaburo V as Jinnai, and Ichikawa Sadanji I as as Rickshaw Driver
Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Bid: $90.00
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Buy: $130.00
Standard Auction
Bids: 0
Ends: 3d 0h 51m262297
Ichikawa Sadanji I as Shimizu Daikaku (above) and Kawarazaki Sansho I as Ishikawa Goemon by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Ichikawa Sadanji I as Shimizu Daikaku (above) and Kawarazaki Sansho I as Ishikawa Goemon
Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Bid: $90.00
or
Buy: $130.00
Standard Auction
Bids: 0
Ends: 3d 0h 50m262237
Ichikawa Sadanji I as Hanemasu Yukichi (above), Bando Hikosaburo V as Okubo Hikozaemon, and Nakamura Shikan IV as Abe Bungo no kami by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Ichikawa Sadanji I as Hanemasu Yukichi (above), Bando Hikosaburo V as Okubo Hikozaemon, and Nakamura Shikan IV as Abe Bungo no kami
Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Bid: $90.00
or
Buy: $130.00
Standard Auction
Bids: 0
Ends: 3d 0h 49m262177
Kawarazaki Sansho I as Matsuzen'ya Gorozo (above), and Nakamura Shikan IV as Kato Kiyomasa by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Kawarazaki Sansho I as Matsuzen'ya Gorozo (above), and Nakamura Shikan IV as Kato Kiyomasa
Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Bid: $90.00
or
Buy: $130.00
Standard Auction
Bids: 0
Ends: 3d 0h 48m262117
Onoe Kikugoro V as Net Fisherman Shichigoro (above), Nakamura Sojuro I as Kisanta, Kawarazaki Sansho I as Kiichi, and Bando Kakitsu as Torazo by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Onoe Kikugoro V as Net Fisherman Shichigoro (above), Nakamura Sojuro I as Kisanta, Kawarazaki Sansho I as Kiichi, and Bando Kakitsu as Torazo
Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Bid: $90.00
or
Buy: $130.00
Standard Auction
Bids: 0
Ends: 3d 0h 47m262057
Nakamura Sojuro I as Hanshichi (above), and Kawarazaki Sansho I as Lord Hidetsugu by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Nakamura Sojuro I as Hanshichi (above), and Kawarazaki Sansho I as Lord Hidetsugu
Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Bid: $90.00
or
Buy: $130.00
Standard Auction
Bids: 0
Ends: 3d 0h 46m261997
Nakamura Kanjaku III as Musashi (above), and Nakamura Shikan IV as both Matsuyama and Wankyu by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Nakamura Kanjaku III as Musashi (above), and Nakamura Shikan IV as both Matsuyama and Wankyu
Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Bid: $90.00
or
Buy: $130.00
Standard Auction
Bids: 0
Ends: 3d 0h 45m261937
Nakamura Shikan IV (above), and Kawarazaki Sansho I as Kiyomasa by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Nakamura Shikan IV (above), and Kawarazaki Sansho I as Kiyomasa
Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Bid: $90.00
or
Buy: $130.00
Standard Auction
Bids: 0
Ends: 3d 0h 44m261877
Nakamura Shikan IV as Kunisada Chuji (above), Onoe Kikugoro V as Shicho Goromata, Kawarazaki Sansho I as Shicho Taromata, and Nakamura Sojuro I as Shicho Jiromata by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Nakamura Shikan IV as Kunisada Chuji (above), Onoe Kikugoro V as Shicho Goromata, Kawarazaki Sansho I as Shicho Taromata, and Nakamura Sojuro I as Shicho Jiromata
Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Bid: $90.00
or
Buy: $130.00
Standard Auction
Bids: 0
Ends: 3d 0h 43m261817
Onoe Kikugoro V as the Ghost of Okiku (above), Sawamura Tossho II as Izumi Saburo, and Nakamura Juzaburo as Gotobei by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Onoe Kikugoro V as the Ghost of Okiku (above), Sawamura Tossho II as Izumi Saburo, and Nakamura Juzaburo as Gotobei
Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Great ghost design!
Bid: $130.00
or
Buy: $180.00
Standard Auction
Bids: 0
Ends: 3d 0h 42m261757
Scene from Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura by Kunisada III (1848 - 1920)
Scene from Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura
Kunisada III (1848 - 1920)
Bid: $190.00
or
Buy: $260.00
Standard Auction
Bids: 0
Ends: 3d 0h 35m261337
Threatening a Samurai with a Broken Bottle, 1867 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Threatening a Samurai with a Broken Bottle, 1867
Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Bid: $190.00
or
Buy: $250.00
Standard Auction
Bids: 0
Ends: 3d 0h 34m261276
Confrontation at the Foot of a Bridge, 1867 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Confrontation at the Foot of a Bridge, 1867
Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Beautiful burnished detail
Bid: $170.00
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Buy: $240.00
Standard Auction
Bids: 0
Ends: 3d 0h 33m261216
Asano Takumi no kami kerai Oishi Kuranosuke Yoshio by Gekko (1859 - 1920)
Asano Takumi no kami kerai Oishi Kuranosuke Yoshio
Gekko (1859 - 1920)
Bid: $85.00
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Buy: $120.00
Standard Auction
Bids: 0
Ends: 3d 0h 27m260856
The 47 Ronin, Act 6: The Suicide of Kampei and the Departure of Okaru, 1866 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
The 47 Ronin, Act 6: The Suicide of Kampei and the Departure of Okaru, 1866
Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Rare Chushingura triptych series
Bid: $155.00
or
Buy: $215.00
Standard Auction
Bids: 0
Ends: 3d 0h 26m260796
Kawarazaki Gonjuro as Fuwa Banzaemon by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Kawarazaki Gonjuro as Fuwa Banzaemon
Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Bid: $85.00
or
Buy: $120.00
Standard Auction
Bids: 0
Ends: 3d 0h 25m260736
Onoe Kikugoro as Nagoya Sanza by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Onoe Kikugoro as Nagoya Sanza
Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Bid: $85.00 Standard Auction
Bids: 1
Ends: 3d 0h 24m260676
Commoner in Summer Kimono by Yoshiiku (1833 - 1904)
Commoner in Summer Kimono
Yoshiiku (1833 - 1904)
Bid: $85.00
or
Buy: $120.00
Standard Auction
Bids: 0
Ends: 3d 0h 23m260616
Bando Hikosaburo V as Manoya Tokubei, 1865 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Bando Hikosaburo V as Manoya Tokubei, 1865
Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Bid: $85.00
or
Buy: $120.00
Standard Auction
Bids: 0
Ends: 3d 0h 22m260556
Courtesan and Girl in a Garden, 1862 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Courtesan and Girl in a Garden, 1862
Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Bid: $80.00
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Buy: $110.00
Standard Auction
Bids: 0
Ends: 3d 0h 19m260376
Goat and Horse: Sawamura Tossho II as Sanshichiro Nobutaka and Ichikawa Sadanji I as Kunitaro by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Goat and Horse: Sawamura Tossho II as Sanshichiro Nobutaka and Ichikawa Sadanji I as Kunitaro
Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Bid: $80.00
or
Buy: $110.00
Standard Auction
Bids: 0
Ends: 3d 0h 17m260256
Kusunoki Masayuki and His Mother, 1892 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Kusunoki Masayuki and His Mother, 1892
Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Bid: $80.00
or
Buy: $110.00
Standard Auction
Bids: 0
Ends: 3d 0h 16m260196
Scene from Musume Hisago no Kanzashi, 1876 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Scene from Musume Hisago no Kanzashi, 1876
Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Bid: $80.00
or
Buy: $110.00
Standard Auction
Bids: 0
Ends: 3d 0h 15m260136
Otani Tomoemon V by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Otani Tomoemon V
Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Fantastic design with dragon
Bid: $115.00
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Buy: $165.00
Standard Auction
Bids: 0
Ends: 3d 0h 13m260016
Sawamura Tanosuke III  by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Sawamura Tanosuke III
Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Fantastic design with hawk
Bid: $115.00
or
Buy: $165.00
Standard Auction
Bids: 0
Ends: 3d 0h 12m259956
Beauties Enjoying a Waterfall at a Villa, 1893 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Beauties Enjoying a Waterfall at a Villa, 1893
Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Bid: $365.00
or
Buy: $445.00
Standard Auction
Bids: 0
Ends: 3d 0h 11m259896
Shizuka Gozen by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Shizuka Gozen
Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Rarely seen Genji and Heike series
Bid: $215.00
or
Buy: $265.00
Standard Auction
Bids: 0
Ends: 3d 0h 10m259836
Princess Minazuru by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Princess Minazuru
Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Rarely seen Genji and Heike series
Bid: $185.00
or
Buy: $245.00
Standard Auction
Bids: 0
Ends: 3d 0h 9m259776

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