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Yōshū Chikanobu was a leading artist of the Meiji period (1868-1912), a time  when Japan saw the reinstatement of the emperor as ruler and was undergoing rapid westernization.  He was one of the most prolific woodblock print artists of this period, working with both traditional subjects, such as actors, courtesans, scenes of famous sites, beautiful women, and with topical subjects, such as the Satsuma Rebellion (1877) and the Sino-Japanese War (1894-1895.)  Chikanobu used the flat planes and decorative patterning of the ukiyo-e tradition to striking effect, adding brilliant colors, especially reds, purples, and blues to his compositions.  He worked in a style that often reflected western conventions in art. 

Chikanobu died at the age of seventy-five from stomach cancer in 1912.

Museums:
British Museum
Brooklyn Museum

Tea Picking 
16 x 41.25 (image) 
20.5 x 65.5 (Mounted)

Modern Women of Japan

Today's Beauties

Daily Activities

Snow Moon and Flower, Snow

Flowers Ikebana, Snow Moon Flower

Flowers in Ueno, Snow Moon Flower

Toyohara Chikanobu, Daily Activities of Women

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