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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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Washing Fruit, 1895 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Washing Fruit, 1895
Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Lovely Chiyoda Palace series
$375.00 Fixed Price
Mt. Fuji on a Breezy Evening, 1895 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Mt. Fuji on a Breezy Evening, 1895
Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Lovely Chiyoda Palace series
$375.00 Fixed Price
Flower Cart by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Flower Cart
Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
$375.00 Fixed Price
Mountain Village Teahouse by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Mountain Village Teahouse
Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
$375.00 Fixed Price
Serving Spiced Rice Wine by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Serving Spiced Rice Wine
Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
$375.00 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 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
The Kansei Era (1789 - 1801) by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
The Kansei Era (1789 - 1801)
Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
$195.00 Fixed Price
Scene from Ume Yanagi Sakura no Kagazome, 1873 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Scene from Ume Yanagi Sakura no Kagazome, 1873
Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
$135.00 Fixed Price
Watonai Looking for a Signal, 1863 by Kunihisa II (1832 - 1891)
Watonai Looking for a Signal, 1863
Kunihisa II (1832 - 1891)
$355.00 Fixed Price
A Great Attack in the Snow on the Battery of the Hundred Foot Cliff at Weihaiwei, 1895 by Kokunimasa (1874 - 1944)
A Great Attack in the Snow on the Battery of the Hundred Foot Cliff at Weihaiwei, 1895
Kokunimasa (1874 - 1944)
Great senso-e design!
$285.00 Fixed Price
Buddha Festival by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Buddha Festival
Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Lovely Chiyoda Palace series
$385.00 Fixed Price
End-of-Year Market Kuchi-e Print, 1907 by Toshimine (1863 - 1934)
End-of-Year Market Kuchi-e Print, 1907
Toshimine (1863 - 1934)
Fine kuchi-e design from a Tokyo estate collection
$175.00 Fixed Price
Fresh Green Leaves Kuchi-e Print, circa 1903 by Terazaki Kogyo (1866 - 1919)
Fresh Green Leaves Kuchi-e Print, circa 1903
Terazaki Kogyo (1866 - 1919)
Fine kuchi-e design from a Tokyo estate collection
$175.00 Fixed Price
Wakana Kuchi-e Print, 1908 by Toshikata (1866 - 1908)
Wakana Kuchi-e Print, 1908
Toshikata (1866 - 1908)
Fine kuchi-e design from a Tokyo estate collection
$135.00 Fixed Price
Angry Man and Sleeping Beauty Kuchi-e Print, 1896 by Takeuchi Keishu (1861 - 1942)
Angry Man and Sleeping Beauty Kuchi-e Print, 1896
Takeuchi Keishu (1861 - 1942)
Fine kuchi-e design from a Tokyo estate collection
$135.00 Fixed Price
Floating Fragrance of Flowers Kuchi-e Print, 1907 by Kajita Hanko (1870-1917)
Floating Fragrance of Flowers Kuchi-e Print, 1907
Kajita Hanko (1870-1917)
Fine kuchi-e design from a Tokyo estate collection
$195.00 Fixed Price
Dream Talk Kuchi-e Print, 1901 by Toshikata (1866 - 1908)
Dream Talk Kuchi-e Print, 1901
Toshikata (1866 - 1908)
Fine kuchi-e design from a Tokyo estate collection
$175.00 Fixed Price
Whispering Sound Kuchi-e Print, 1900 by Toshikata (1866 - 1908)
Whispering Sound Kuchi-e Print, 1900
Toshikata (1866 - 1908)
Fine kuchi-e design from a Tokyo estate collection
$135.00 Fixed Price
Tangled Hair Kuchi-e Print, 1899 by Tomioka Eisen (1864 - 1905)
Tangled Hair Kuchi-e Print, 1899
Tomioka Eisen (1864 - 1905)
Fine kuchi-e design from a Tokyo estate collection
$175.00 Fixed Price
Banzuin Chobei Kuchi-e Print by Suzuki Kinsen (1867 - 1945)
Banzuin Chobei Kuchi-e Print
Suzuki Kinsen (1867 - 1945)
Fine kuchi-e design from a Tokyo estate collection
$135.00 Fixed Price
Shizuka Kuchi-e Print, 1909 by Kobori Tomoto (1864 - 1931)
Shizuka Kuchi-e Print, 1909
Kobori Tomoto (1864 - 1931)
Fine kuchi-e design from a Tokyo estate collection
$135.00 Fixed Price
Viewing a Waterfall: Women of the Jokyo Era (1684 - 1688) by Toshikata (1866 - 1908)
Viewing a Waterfall: Women of the Jokyo Era (1684 - 1688)
Toshikata (1866 - 1908)
$175.00 Fixed Price
The Sound of Insects: Woman of the Kan'en Era (1748 - 1751) by Toshikata (1866 - 1908)
The Sound of Insects: Woman of the Kan'en Era (1748 - 1751)
Toshikata (1866 - 1908)
$175.00 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
Hideyoshi Advances Prince Samboshi during a Ceremony at Daitoku-ji by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Hideyoshi Advances Prince Samboshi during a Ceremony at Daitoku-ji
Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
$1575.00 Fixed Price
Genji's Dream Story, 1878 by Toshimitsu (active circa 1876 - 1904)
Genji's Dream Story, 1878
Toshimitsu (active circa 1876 - 1904)
Unusual historic subject
$285.00 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
$275.00 Fixed Price
Scene from Seki Konroku Haru no Komagiku, 1883 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Scene from Seki Konroku Haru no Komagiku, 1883
Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Great design!
$435.00 Fixed Price
Bivouac after Landing at Yungcheng Bay, 1895 by Shinohara Kiyooki (active circa 1895)
Bivouac after Landing at Yungcheng Bay, 1895
Shinohara Kiyooki (active circa 1895)
$415.00 Fixed Price
Saigo Takamori's Dream, 1877 by Haneda Tomisaburo
Saigo Takamori's Dream, 1877
Haneda Tomisaburo
Interesting, rare diptych
$155.00 Fixed Price
View of Military Drill and Distant View of the Suspension Bridge at the Garden of Fukiage Palace, 1887 by Hiroshige III (1843 - 1894)
View of Military Drill and Distant View of the Suspension Bridge at the Garden of Fukiage Palace, 1887
Hiroshige III (1843 - 1894)
$185.00 Fixed Price
Procession at Suzugamori, 1863 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Procession at Suzugamori, 1863
Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
$375.00 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
Sumo Ring Entering Ceremony, 1884 by Kuniaki II (1835 - 1888)
Sumo Ring Entering Ceremony, 1884
Kuniaki II (1835 - 1888)
$275.00 Fixed Price
Famous Places in Tokyo: Asakusa Kinryuzan, 1877 by Hiroshige III (1843 - 1894)
Famous Places in Tokyo: Asakusa Kinryuzan, 1877
Hiroshige III (1843 - 1894)
$275.00 Fixed Price
Kawarazaki Sansho by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Kawarazaki Sansho
Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Great series!
$175.00 Fixed Price
The Great Bridge: Nakamura Kanjkaku by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
The Great Bridge: Nakamura Kanjkaku
Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Great series!
$175.00 Fixed Price
Nakamura Shikan by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Nakamura Shikan
Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Great series!
$175.00 Fixed Price
Ueno Kiyomizu, 1879 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Ueno Kiyomizu, 1879
Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
$275.00 Fixed Price
Threatening a Beauty by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Threatening a Beauty
Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
$295.00 Fixed Price
Java Sparrow Kuchi-e Print, 1912 by Ryuu Shimazaki (1856 - 1938)
Java Sparrow Kuchi-e Print, 1912
Ryuu Shimazaki (1856 - 1938)
$135.00 Fixed Price
Doll Festival Kuchi-e Print, 1903 by Tomioka Eisen (1864 - 1905)
Doll Festival Kuchi-e Print, 1903
Tomioka Eisen (1864 - 1905)
$135.00 Fixed Price
Commoners in an Iris Garden, 1872 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900) and Ikkei (active circa 1870s)
Commoners in an Iris Garden, 1872
Kunichika (1835 - 1900) and Ikkei (active circa 1870s)
Great design!
$745.00 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

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