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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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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
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
Ketani Mondo Raising His Sword, 1875 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Ketani Mondo Raising His Sword, 1875
Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
$165.00 Fixed Price
Sword Fight in Front of a Curtain by Ginko (active 1874 - 1897)
Sword Fight in Front of a Curtain
Ginko (active 1874 - 1897)
$395.00 Fixed Price
The Syllable Ni: Ichikawa Kuzo as Takebayashi Tadashichi by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
The Syllable Ni: Ichikawa Kuzo as Takebayashi Tadashichi
Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Great series!
$265.00 Fixed Price
The Syllable Mu: Bando Taro as Mase Magokuro by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
The Syllable Mu: Bando Taro as Mase Magokuro
Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Great series!
$265.00 Fixed Price
The Syllable U: Nakamura Kanjaku as Horibe Yasubei by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
The Syllable U: Nakamura Kanjaku as Horibe Yasubei
Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Great series!
$265.00 Fixed Price
The Syllable Su: Ichikawa Monnosuke as Yato Yomoshichi by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
The Syllable Su: Ichikawa Monnosuke as Yato Yomoshichi
Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Great series!
$265.00 Fixed Price
The Syllable Ro: Sawamura Tanosuke as Oishi Chikara Yoshikane by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
The Syllable Ro: Sawamura Tanosuke as Oishi Chikara Yoshikane
Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Great series!
$265.00 Fixed Price
The Syllable Ra: Nakamura Fukusuke as Senba Saburobei by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
The Syllable Ra: Nakamura Fukusuke as Senba Saburobei
Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Great series!
$265.00 Fixed Price
The Syllable O: Bando Kakitsu as Kurahashi Densuke with Onoe Kikugoro as Yatagoro by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
The Syllable O: Bando Kakitsu as Kurahashi Densuke with Onoe Kikugoro as Yatagoro
Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Great series!
$265.00 Fixed Price
The Syllable Yo: Bando Shinsui as Yoshida Chuemon by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
The Syllable Yo: Bando Shinsui as Yoshida Chuemon
Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Great series!
$265.00 Fixed Price
Fish Seller by Tsukioka Koun (active circa 1900)
Fish Seller
Tsukioka Koun (active circa 1900)
$95.00 Fixed Price
Aoyama Parade Ground Grand Review by Toshimasa (active circa 1890s)
Aoyama Parade Ground Grand Review
Toshimasa (active circa 1890s)
$185.00 Fixed Price
Minamoto Yorimasa with his Bow Awaiting the Nue by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Minamoto Yorimasa with his Bow Awaiting the Nue
Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
$245.00 Fixed Price
Fuwa Banzaemon in a Tanzen Costume by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Fuwa Banzaemon in a Tanzen Costume
Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
$245.00 Fixed Price
Shimada: The Oi River, 1865 by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Shimada: The Oi River, 1865
Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
$495.00 Fixed Price
Shinagawa, 1865 by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Shinagawa, 1865
Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
$495.00 Fixed Price
Saga no Dairyo beneath a Cherry Tree by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Saga no Dairyo beneath a Cherry Tree
Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
$445.00 Fixed Price
Scene from Senzai Soga Genji no Ishizue, 1885 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Scene from Senzai Soga Genji no Ishizue, 1885
Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
$195.00 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
Yamato, Snow at Yoshino, Lady Shizuka, Yoshitsune and Benkei, No. 4 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Yamato, Snow at Yoshino, Lady Shizuka, Yoshitsune and Benkei, No. 4
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

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