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Meiji Era Ukiyo-e

Japanese woodblock prints after 1868Created by: PICRYLDated: 2017
Chronicle of the Imperial Restoration (Kōkoku isshin kenbunshi)
The year 1868 was a turning point in the history of the Japan. Assimilation of western models influenced almost all spheres of life, and of course, art. During the first two decades of the Meiji period (1868-1912).
The changes that took place since the Meiji Restoration were swift. The world of ukiyo-e, the traditional Japanese woodblock printing mirrored these new trends.
In this first period, artists such as Hiroshige III used the traditional techniques of the ukiyo-e to mainly represent modernization and life in the big cities.
We see new architecture, load carts, carriages and street trolleys drawn by horses, aerostatic balloons, steamships, and Japanese people in western fashion clothes. A new trend within the ukiyo-e that began to integrate new elements of western aesthetics to Japanese printing along with the rise in nostalgia, when fresh and delicate women were painted by artists like Utamaro and Kiyonaga.
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Use of Electric Light at the Time of Attack on Bingyang, Korea

Use of Electric Light at the Time of Attack on Bingyang, Korea

Kobayashi Kiyochika (Japanese, 1847–1915) Meiji period (1868–1912)

The Strange Tale of the Castaways: A Western Kabuki (Hyōryō kidan seiyō kabuki) by the Playwright Kawatake Mokuami

The Strange Tale of the Castaways: A Western Kabuki (Hyōryō kidan seiy...

Adachi (Shōsai) Ginkō (Japanese, active 1874–97) Meiji period (1868–1912)

Silhouette Image of Kabuki Actor

Silhouette Image of Kabuki Actor

Utagawa Kuniteru (Japanese, 1830–1874) Meiji period (1868–1912)

Heian Period Courtier on a Moonlit Beach

Heian Period Courtier on a Moonlit Beach

Kobayashi Kiyochika (Japanese, 1847–1915) Meiji period (1868–1912)

Twenty-six Prints Constituting an Album

Twenty-six Prints Constituting an Album

Yōshū (Hashimoto) Chikanobu (Japanese, 1838–1912) Meiji period (1868–1912)

Kurahashi Densuke Kiyohara Takeyuki

Kurahashi Densuke Kiyohara Takeyuki

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (Japanese, 1839–1892) Meiji period (1868–1912)

Portrait of Rikyū (?)

Portrait of Rikyū (?)

Shibata Zeshin (Japanese, 1807–1891) Meiji period (1868–1912)

Banzuiin Chōbei, from the series Story of Brocades of the East in the Floating World (Azuma no hana ukiyo kōdan - Banzuiin Chōbei)

Banzuiin Chōbei, from the series Story of Brocades of the East in the ...

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (Japanese, 1839–1892) Meiji period (1868–1912)

Illustration of the Front Garden of the Tsukiji Hotel in the Eastern Capital  (Tōto Tsukiji hoteru kan niwa mae no zu)

Illustration of the Front Garden of the Tsukiji Hotel in the Eastern C...

Utagawa Hiroshige III (Japanese, 1843–1894) Meiji period (1868–1912)

Picture of a Prosperous English Trading Firm in Yokohama

Picture of a Prosperous English Trading Firm in Yokohama

Utagawa Yoshiiku (Japanese, 1833–1904) Meiji period (1868–1912)

Onoe Kikugorō V as Otowake Neko no ke (Right), Bandō  Mitsugorō  IV as Aishō Michinoku (Center), Onoe Kikugorō V as Isogai Mibunosuke (Left) in the Kabuki play Tōkai Kidan Nekomata Yashiki

Onoe Kikugorō V as Otowake Neko no ke (Right), Bandō Mitsugorō IV as...

Toyohara Kunichika (Japanese, 1835–1900) Meiji period (1868–1912)

Silhouette Image of Kabuki Actor

Silhouette Image of Kabuki Actor

Utagawa Yoshiiku (Japanese, 1833–1904) Meiji period (1868–1912)

Silhouette Image of Kabuki Actor

Silhouette Image of Kabuki Actor

Utagawa Yoshiiku (Japanese, 1833–1904) Meiji period (1868–1912)

Arrival of the Emperor at Tokyo after the Victory (Russo-Japanese War)

Arrival of the Emperor at Tokyo after the Victory (Russo-Japanese War)

Utagawa Kunisada III (Japanese, 1848–1920) Meiji period (1868–1912)

The Tsukiji Hotel in Tokyo (Tokyo Tsukiji hoteru kan)

The Tsukiji Hotel in Tokyo (Tokyo Tsukiji hoteru kan)

Utagawa Hiroshige III (Japanese, 1843–1894) Meiji period (1868–1912)

The Steel Bridge at Yokohama

The Steel Bridge at Yokohama

Utagawa (Gountei) Sadahide (Japanese, 1807–1878/79) Meiji period (1868–1912)

“The Flourishing of an English Trading Firm in Yokohama”

“The Flourishing of an English Trading Firm in Yokohama”

Utagawa Yoshiiku (Japanese, 1833–1904) Meiji period (1868–1912)

Silhouette Image of Kabuki Actor

Silhouette Image of Kabuki Actor

Utagawa Yoshiiku (Japanese, 1833–1904) Meiji period (1868–1912)

Silhouette Image of Kabuki Actor

Silhouette Image of Kabuki Actor

Utagawa Yoshiiku (Japanese, 1833–1904) Meiji period (1868–1912)

"View in London," the Prosperity of Countries: London, England

"View in London," the Prosperity of Countries: London, England

Utagawa Yoshimori (Japanese, 1830–1884) Meiji period (1868–1912)

Illustration of a Steam Locomotive Passing Shiodome in Tokyo (Tōkyō Shiodome testudō jōkisha tsūkō zu)

Illustration of a Steam Locomotive Passing Shiodome in Tokyo (Tōkyō Sh...

Utagawa Kuniteru (Japanese, 1830–1874) Meiji period (1868–1912)

An American Sailing Ship off Arai

An American Sailing Ship off Arai

Utagawa Yoshimori (Japanese, 1830–1884) Meiji period (1868–1912)

Illustration of a Balloon Ascending (Fūsen shōyō no zu)

Illustration of a Balloon Ascending (Fūsen shōyō no zu)

Utagawa Yoshitora (Japanese, active ca. 1850–80) Meiji period (1868–1912)

Illustration of a Steam Locomotive Running on the Takanawa Railroad in Tokyo (Tōkyō takanawa tetsudō jōkisha sōkō no zu)

Illustration of a Steam Locomotive Running on the Takanawa Railroad in...

Utagawa Kuniteru (Japanese, 1830–1874) Meiji period (1868–1912)

The Interior Works of an Armed Japanese Battleship

The Interior Works of an Armed Japanese Battleship

Unsen (Japanese, active ca. 1875) Meiji period (1868–1912)

Cherry Tree

Cherry Tree

Kobayashi Kiyochika (Japanese, 1847–1915) Meiji period (1868–1912)

Postal Hōchi Newspaper no. 645,  Englishman raping a wine shopkeeper's daughter (Yūbin Hōchi shinbun, roppyaku yonjū gogō)

Postal Hōchi Newspaper no. 645, Englishman raping a wine shopkeeper's...

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (Japanese, 1839–1892) Meiji period (1868–1912)

Imaginary portrait, Shuihuzhuan of Stage: Tōryūdai (Mitate Suikoden Tōrōdai) - Actor, Ichikawa Danjūrō plays as Sanjō

Imaginary portrait, Shuihuzhuan of Stage: Tōryūdai (Mitate Suikoden Tō...

Toyohara Kunichika (Japanese, 1835–1900) Meiji period (1868–1912)

Interior of a German Battleship

Interior of a German Battleship

Unsen (Japanese, active ca. 1875) Meiji period (1868–1912)

Imaginary portrait, Shuihuzhuan of Stage:  Tōryūdai (Mitate Suikoden Tōrōdai) - Actor Ichikawa Sadanji plays Hanaoshō Shinkichi

Imaginary portrait, Shuihuzhuan of Stage: Tōryūdai (Mitate Suikoden T...

Toyohara Kunichika (Japanese, 1835–1900) Meiji period (1868–1912)

Imaginary portrait, Shuihuzhuan of Stage:  Tōryūdai (Mitate Suikoden Tōrōdai) - Actor Onoe Kikugorō plays as Kumon no Ryūkichi

Imaginary portrait, Shuihuzhuan of Stage: Tōryūdai (Mitate Suikoden T...

Toyohara Kunichika (Japanese, 1835–1900) Meiji period (1868–1912)

Chronicle of the Imperial Restoration (Kōkoku isshin kenbunshi)

Chronicle of the Imperial Restoration (Kōkoku isshin kenbunshi)

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (Japanese, 1839–1892) Meiji period (1868–1912)

Presentation of the Head of Saigo to the Prince Arisogawa

Presentation of the Head of Saigo to the Prince Arisogawa

Yamazaki Toshinobu (Japanese, active ca. 1857–1886) Meiji period (1868–1912)

Presentation of the Head of Saigo to the Prince Arisogawa

Presentation of the Head of Saigo to the Prince Arisogawa

Yamazaki Toshinobu (Japanese, active ca. 1857–1886) Meiji period (1868–1912)

Illustration of the Honored Commanders, Receiving the Emperor's Gift Cup (Kunkō no shō tenpai o tamau no zu)

Illustration of the Honored Commanders, Receiving the Emperor's Gift C...

Yōshū (Hashimoto) Chikanobu (Japanese, 1838–1912) Meiji period (1868–1912)

View of the Gift of the Emperor's Gift Cup

View of the Gift of the Emperor's Gift Cup

Yōshū (Hashimoto) Chikanobu (Japanese, 1838–1912) Meiji period (1868–1912)

Oyama Tsunayoshi's Cross Examination

Oyama Tsunayoshi's Cross Examination

Yōshū (Hashimoto) Chikanobu (Japanese, 1838–1912) Meiji period (1868–1912)

Collection of Desires, Wish for Foreign Travel (Mitate Tai zukushi-yōkō ga shitai)

Collection of Desires, Wish for Foreign Travel (Mitate Tai zukushi-yōk...

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (Japanese, 1839–1892) Meiji period (1868–1912)

Fuji with Boat at Miho in Sunshu (Shizuoka)

Fuji with Boat at Miho in Sunshu (Shizuoka)

Kobayashi Kiyochika (Japanese, 1847–1915) Meiji period (1868–1912)

Street Scene in the Outskirts of Edo on an Evening in Winter

Street Scene in the Outskirts of Edo on an Evening in Winter

Kobayashi Kiyochika (Japanese, 1847–1915) Meiji period (1868–1912)

Tokyo /Takanawa Steam Railway

Tokyo /Takanawa Steam Railway

Utagawa Kuniteru (Japanese, 1830–1874) Meiji period (1868–1912)

Mirror of Portraits of All Sovereigns in the World (Sejō kakkoku shaga teiō kagami)

Mirror of Portraits of All Sovereigns in the World (Sejō kakkoku shaga...

Yōshū (Hashimoto) Chikanobu (Japanese, 1838–1912) Meiji period (1868–1912)

A Glimpse of Higayashiyama the Western Capital, from the series Famous Places in the Nation (Shokoku meisho zukai no uchi-Saikyō Higashiyama ichiran)

A Glimpse of Higayashiyama the Western Capital, from the series Famous...

Utagawa Hiroshige III (Japanese, 1843–1894) Meiji period (1868–1912)

Twenty-Four Hours at Shinbashi/Yanagibashi: 12 Noon. (Shinyanagi nijūyo-ji, gozen jūni-ji)

Twenty-Four Hours at Shinbashi/Yanagibashi: 12 Noon. (Shinyanagi nijūy...

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (Japanese, 1839–1892) Meiji period (1868–1912)

Illustration of the Museum at the Second National Industrial Exhibition in Ueno, from the series Famous Places in Tokyo (Tokyo meisho-Ueno kōen naikoku kangyō daini hakurankai bijutsukan zu)

Illustration of the Museum at the Second National Industrial Exhibitio...

Utagawa Hiroshige III (Japanese, 1843–1894) Meiji period (1868–1912)

東京名所従 上野公園不忍池中嶋弁天之景

東京名所従 上野公園不忍池中嶋弁天之景

Utagawa Hiroshige III (Japanese, 1843–1894) Meiji period (1868–1912)

Ichikawa Sadanji as Dozaemon Denkichi in a Kabuki Play

Ichikawa Sadanji as Dozaemon Denkichi in a Kabuki Play

Toyohara Kunichika (Japanese, 1835–1900) Meiji period (1868–1912)

Actor, Nakamura Shikan plays as Ootomo no Kuronushi, Onoe Taganojō plays as Kurosome no rei, from Tsumoru koiyuki no sekinoto
Actor, Nakamura Shikan plays as Ootomo no Kuronushi, Onoe Taganojō plays as Kurosome no rei, from Tsumoru koiyuki no sekinoto
View of the Descent from a Mountain by Many from Pilgrimage to Mt. Fuji (Fuji mōde shoshina gesan no zu)

View of the Descent from a Mountain by Many from Pilgrimage to Mt. Fuj...

Utagawa Hiroshige III (Japanese, 1843–1894) Meiji period (1868–1912)

Portrait of Fukuchi Gen'ichiro (1843–?)

Portrait of Fukuchi Gen'ichiro (1843–?)

Kobayashi Kiyochika (Japanese, 1847–1915) Meiji period (1868–1912)

Moon in the Flame from the Series One Hundred Images of the Moon (Tsuki hyaku sugata-enchūgetsu)

Moon in the Flame from the Series One Hundred Images of the Moon (Tsuk...

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (Japanese, 1839–1892) Meiji period (1868–1912)

Illustration of the Imperial Excursion to see the Charini's Circus (Charine daikyokuba goyūran no zu)

Illustration of the Imperial Excursion to see the Charini's Circus (Ch...

Yōshū (Hashimoto) Chikanobu (Japanese, 1838–1912) Meiji period (1868–1912)

Illustration of the Opening of Azuma Bridge in Tokyo (Tokyo meisho no uchi azuma bashi shinchiku no zu)

Illustration of the Opening of Azuma Bridge in Tokyo (Tokyo meisho no ...

Inoue Yasuji (Japanese, 1864–1889) Meiji period (1868–1912)

Illustration of the Emperor Enjoying a Moment of Peace with his Family (Kyōraku taihei kiken zu)

Illustration of the Emperor Enjoying a Moment of Peace with his Family...

Inoue Yasuji (Japanese, 1864–1889) Meiji period (1868–1912)

Teasing the Cat

Teasing the Cat

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (Japanese, 1839–1892) Meiji period (1868–1912)

Autumn foliage at the New Imperial Palace

Autumn foliage at the New Imperial Palace

Unidentified Artist Meiji period (1868–1912)

Illustration of  Emperor's Military Review of a Parade Ground at Aoyama (Aoyama renpeijō kanpeishiki no zu)

Illustration of Emperor's Military Review of a Parade Ground at Aoyam...

Inoue Yasuji (Japanese, 1864–1889) Meiji period (1868–1912)

True View of the Courtyard of Yasukuni Shrine at Kudan Sakaue  (Kudan Sakaue Yasukuni jinsha teinai shin zu)

True View of the Courtyard of Yasukuni Shrine at Kudan Sakaue (Kudan ...

Inoue Yasuji (Japanese, 1864–1889) Meiji period (1868–1912)

View of the Issuance of the Constitution

View of the Issuance of the Constitution

Baiju Kunitoshi (Japanese, 1847–1899) Meiji period (1868–1912)

Illustration of the Issuing of the State Constitution in the State Chamber of the New Imperial Palace (Shin kōkyo ni oite seiden kenpō happushiki no zu)

Illustration of the Issuing of the State Constitution in the State Cha...

Adachi (Shōsai) Ginkō (Japanese, active 1874–97) Meiji period (1868–1912)

Illustration of the Ceremony Issuing the Constitution (Kenpō happu shiki no zu)

Illustration of the Ceremony Issuing the Constitution (Kenpō happu shi...

Yōshū (Hashimoto) Chikanobu (Japanese, 1838–1912) Meiji period (1868–1912)

View of the Imperial Carriage

View of the Imperial Carriage

Utagawa Kunitoshi (Japanese, active 2nd half of 19th century) Meiji period (1868–1912)

View of the Issuance of the State Constitution in the State Chamber of the New Imperial Palace

View of the Issuance of the State Constitution in the State Chamber of...

Adachi (Shōsai) Ginkō (Japanese, active 1874–97) Meiji period (1868–1912)

Illustration of the Imperial Carriage (Gohōren no zu)

Illustration of the Imperial Carriage (Gohōren no zu)

Utagawa Kunitoshi (Japanese, active 2nd half of 19th century) Meiji period (1868–1912)

Onoguchi Tokuji Stands Facing Kinsui Castle which Explodes at Left

Onoguchi Tokuji Stands Facing Kinsui Castle which Explodes at Left

Mizuno Toshikata (Japanese, 1866–1908) Meiji period (1868–1912)

Chiyoda Castle (Album of Women)

Chiyoda Castle (Album of Women)

Yōshū (Hashimoto) Chikanobu (Japanese, 1838–1912) Meiji period (1868–1912)

Chiyoda Castle (Album of Women)

Chiyoda Castle (Album of Women)

Yōshū (Hashimoto) Chikanobu (Japanese, 1838–1912) Meiji period (1868–1912)

Chiyoda Castle (Album of Women)

Chiyoda Castle (Album of Women)

Yōshū (Hashimoto) Chikanobu (Japanese, 1838–1912) Meiji period (1868–1912)

Chiyoda Castle (Album of Women)

Chiyoda Castle (Album of Women)

Yōshū (Hashimoto) Chikanobu (Japanese, 1838–1912) Meiji period (1868–1912)