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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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Sansho Dayu, No. 47 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Sansho Dayu, No. 47


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)


Rarely seen Eastern Brocades series
$165.00 Fixed Price
Warding off Evil Spirits, 1896 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Warding off Evil Spirits, 1896


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)


Lovely Chiyoda Palace series
$375.00 Fixed Price
Washing Fruit, 1895 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Washing Fruit, 1895


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)


Lovely Chiyoda Palace series
$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
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
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
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
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
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
Muronotsu Courtesan, No. 8 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Muronotsu Courtesan, No. 8


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

$195.00 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
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
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
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
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
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

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