Chikanobu (1838 - 1912 )

Chikanobu Toyohara (also known as Chikanobu Yoshu) was a leading woodblock print artist of the Meiji Period. Born in Niigata prefecture as Naoyoshi Hashimoto, Chikanobu began his life as the son of samurai in the service of the Sakakibara clan. During the Meiji Restoration, he joined the shogitai, an elite samurai brigade in direct support of the waning Tokugawa Shogunate, and fought bravely in the Battle of Ueno in 1868. Though captured in the fray, he was released unharmed. As the Shogunate fell, Chikanobu focused on a career in art.

Though trained in Kano school painting from an early age, Chikanobu shifted his attention to ukiyo-e around 1852. He began his printmaking career under the tutelage of Utagawa School masters Kuniyoshi, Kunisada and Kunichika. Like many of his contemporaries, Chikanobu Toyohara worked as a newspaper illustrator as well as a print artist. By 1871, he had established himself as a leading print artist. He designed across all genres, from kabuki actors and beauties to military exploits of past and present. During the 1870s, Chikanobu captured Meiji Japan’s rapid modernization through kaika-e, or “enlightenment pictures.” Attuned to current events and public taste, he produced designs of both the 1877 Satsuma Rebellion, an ill-fated insurrection again Meiji government, and well as the 1882 Imo Incident in Korea. Chikanobu’s reflected his changing world not only through his subject matter, but also in his materials. Incorporating the purples and reds of imported aniline dyes, he achieved an element of subtlety and sophistication rarely seen in his era. By the 1880s, a wave of national nostalgia for a Japan past prompted designs exploring traditional Japanese culture, values, and heroes. Through explorations of female beauty, Chikanobu Toyohara personified moments in Japanese history through fashion, manners and customs. In 1912, he died of stomach cancer.

Meiji Period Prints (1868-1912)

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Ikebana

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Flower Arranging

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Playing the Koto

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Playing the Koto

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Creating Bonkei Tray Landscapes

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Creating Bonkei Tray Landscapes

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Watching a Noh Performance

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Watching a Noh Performance

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Watching a Theater Performance

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Watching a Theater Performance

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Shogun's Inspection of Ammunition Explosions Over Water

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Shogun's Inspection of Ammunition Explosions Over Water

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Court Ladies with a Cockatoo

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Court Ladies with a Cockatoo

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Viewing Wisteria in Full Bloom

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Viewing Wisteria in Full Bloom

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Leisure

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Leisure

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Shell Game

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Shell Game

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Preparing for a Concert

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Preparing for a Concert

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Poetry

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Poetry

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Marriage Ceremony

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Marriage Ceremony

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Moon Viewing

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Moon Viewing

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October: Wealthy Merchants Celebrating for God Ebisu

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October: Wealthy Merchants Celebrating for God Ebisu

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Banquet at Tokyo Peers School

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Banquet at Tokyo Peers School

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Bijin in the Meiji Era

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Bijin in the Meiji Era

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Wives of the Tokugawa Family Tree

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Wives of the Tokugawa Family Tree

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Musashi: Moon at Tatsumi, Lord Tsunayoshi, and Lady Osame

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Musashi: Moon at Tatsumi, Lord Tsunayoshi, and Lady Osame

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The Battle of Awazugahara: Tomoe Gozen and Hatakeyama Shigetada

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The Battle of Awazugahara: Tomoe Gozen and Hatakeyama Shigetada

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Enshi (Yanzi)

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Procession at Nikko

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Procession at Nikko

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Sweet Sake on New Year's Day

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Sweet Sake on New Year's Day

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