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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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Three Courtesans and a Kamuro Strolling in the Street
The Paroquet, 19th century

The Paroquet, 19th century

Itō Jakuchū (Japanese, 1716–1800) Meiji period (1868–1912)

A White Macaw, Japan, Meiji period

A White Macaw, Japan, Meiji period

Original by Itō Jakuchū (Japanese, 1716–1800) Meiji period (1868–1912)

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)

Parrot on the Branch of a Flowering Rose Bush

Parrot on the Branch of a Flowering Rose Bush

Itō Jakuchū (Japanese, 1716–1800) 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)

A Man Lighting His Pipe from that of A Young Woman who Sits Beside Him
Hideyoshi and His Troops Leaving Nagoya Camp (Mashiba Hideyoshi kō nagoya jin saki te no shoshō kuridashi no zu)
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)

Golden Pheasant in the Snow

Golden Pheasant in the Snow

Itō Jakuchū (Japanese, 1716–1800) Meiji period (1868–1912)

'Ideal and Actual' (Risō to genjitsu); iIllustration from Bungei Kurabu (Literary Club)
Red Parrot on the Branch of a Tree

Red Parrot on the Branch of a Tree

Itō Jakuchū (Japanese, 1716–1800) Meiji period (1868–1912)

Kurahashi Densuke Kiyohara Takeyuki, Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Kurahashi Densuke Kiyohara Takeyuki, Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

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

Kobayashi Kiyochika - Heian Period Courtier on a Moonlit Beach

Kobayashi Kiyochika - Heian Period Courtier on a Moonlit Beach

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

Shibata Zeshin - Straw Basket for Fish (?) and Mokuge Flower
Shibata Zeshin - Portrait of Rikyū (?), Japan, Meiji period

Shibata Zeshin - Portrait of Rikyū (?), Japan, Meiji period

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

Silhouette Image of Kabuki Actor, Utagawa Kuniteru

Silhouette Image of Kabuki Actor, Utagawa Kuniteru

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

Young Monk Performing a Buddhist Rite (Shin Urashima); Illustration from Bungei Kurabu (Literary Club)

Young Monk Performing a Buddhist Rite (Shin Urashima); Illustration fr...

Suzuki Kason (Japanese, 1860–1919) 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)

A Number of People in the Street Going about Various Affairs

A Number of People in the Street Going about Various Affairs

After Okumura Masanobu (Japanese, 1686–1764) Meiji period (1868–1912)

A Man Attended by a Servant Carrying a Lantern

A Man Attended by a Servant Carrying a Lantern

After Okumura Masanobu (Japanese, 1686–1764) Meiji period (1868–1912)

Girl with Plum Blossoms

Girl with Plum Blossoms

Unidentified Artist Meiji period (1868–1912)

Kiyomori and the History of Nunobiki Waterfall: The spirit of Akugenta Yoshihira strikes Nanba Jirō. (Kiyomori nyūdō nunobiki no taki yūran akugenta yoshihira no rei nanba jirō o utsu)
A Samurai who Hides His Features with His Hat

A Samurai who Hides His Features with His Hat

After Okumura Masanobu (Japanese, 1686–1764) Meiji period (1868–1912)

Okumura Masanobu - The Actor Nakamura Kichibei

Okumura Masanobu - The Actor Nakamura Kichibei

After Okumura Masanobu (Japanese, 1686–1764) Meiji period (1868–1912)

Girl Carrying a Round Paper Fan (Uchiwa)

Girl Carrying a Round Paper Fan (Uchiwa)

Unidentified Artist Meiji period (1868–1912)

Watching Fireflies on a Summer Night

Watching Fireflies on a Summer Night

Mishima Shōsō (Japanese, 1856–1928) Meiji period (1868–1912)

'Insurance girl' (hoken musume), illustration from Bugei Kurabu (Literary Club)

'Insurance girl' (hoken musume), illustration from Bugei Kurabu (Liter...

Tomioka Eisen (Japanese, 1864–1905) Meiji period (1868–1912)

An Oiran Playing the Shamisen to a Young Man Kneeling by Her Side in Rapt Attention

An Oiran Playing the Shamisen to a Young Man Kneeling by Her Side in R...

After Okumura Masanobu (Japanese, 1686–1764) Meiji period (1868–1912)

An Oiran Seated in a Parlor Applies the Fire Treatment to the Bared Back of Another Woman

An Oiran Seated in a Parlor Applies the Fire Treatment to the Bared Ba...

After Okumura Masanobu (Japanese, 1686–1764) Meiji period (1868–1912)

Okumura Masanobu - Two Courtesans, Japan, Meiji period

Okumura Masanobu - Two Courtesans, Japan, Meiji period

After Okumura Masanobu (Japanese, 1686–1764) 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)

Takeuchi Keishu - Frontispiece illustration from the literary magazine Bungei kurabu

Takeuchi Keishu - Frontispiece illustration from the literary magazine...

Takeuchi Keishū (Japanese, 1861–1943) Meiji period (1868–1912)

View of the Seafront at Yokohama and the British Trading House
Lives of Great People of the Occident (Taisei ijin den): Richard Arkwright, (1732–1792)
Lives of Great People of the Occident (Taisei ijin den): Johann Friedrich Böttger (1682–1719)
Lives of Great People of the Occident  (Taisei ijin den): John James Audobon, (1785-1851)
Utagawa Yoshiiku - Picture of a Prosperous English Trading Firm in Yokohama

Utagawa Yoshiiku - Picture of a Prosperous English Trading Firm in Yok...

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

The Steel Bridge at Yokohama Utagawa Sadahide

The Steel Bridge at Yokohama Utagawa Sadahide

Utagawa (Gountei) Sadahide (Japanese, 1807–1878/79) 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)

Lives of Great People of the Occident (Taisei ijin den): Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)
Utagawa Yoshiiku - “The Flourishing of an English Trading Firm in Yokohama”

Utagawa Yoshiiku - “The Flourishing of an English Trading Firm in Yoko...

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

Utagawa Yoshiiku - Silhouette Image of Kabuki Actor

Utagawa Yoshiiku - Silhouette Image of Kabuki Actor

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

Utagawa Yoshiiku - Silhouette Image of Kabuki Actor

Utagawa Yoshiiku - Silhouette Image of Kabuki Actor

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

Illustration of Foreign Residences and the Catholic Church in Yokohama (Yokohama shōkan tenshudō no zu)
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)

Utagawa Yoshiiku - Silhouette Image of Kabuki Actor

Utagawa Yoshiiku - Silhouette Image of Kabuki Actor

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

Lives of Great People of the Occident  (Taisei ijin den): James Watt (1736–1819)
Utagawa Yoshiiku - Silhouette Image of Kabuki Actor

Utagawa Yoshiiku - Silhouette Image of Kabuki Actor

Utagawa Yoshiiku (Japanese, 1833–1904) 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)

"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)

Utagawa Yoshitora - Illustration of a Balloon Ascending (Fūsen shōyō no zu)

Utagawa Yoshitora - Illustration of a Balloon Ascending (Fūsen shōyō n...

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

Utagawa Yoshitora - Imported Silk Reeling Machine at Tsukiji in Tokyo
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)

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)

Kobayashi Kiyochika - Cherry Tree, 19th century

Kobayashi Kiyochika - Cherry Tree, 19th century

Kobayashi Kiyochika (Japanese, 1847–1915) 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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

Illustration of the Police Superintendent and his men Receiving Wine (Keishi kakutai e sake tamawaru mono no zu)
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)

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)

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)

Police Superintendant's Party: A Gift of Food and Drink
Oyama Tsunayoshi's Cross Examination

Oyama Tsunayoshi's Cross Examination

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

Civil and Military Officers
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)

Kobayashi Kiyochika - Fuji with Boat at Miho in Sunshu (Shizuoka)

Kobayashi Kiyochika - 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)

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)

Ichikawa Kodanji as Seppu Shinsuke, Ichikawa Sadanji as Kishino Toshiaki, Ichikawa Danjūrō as Saijō Takamori, Onoe Kikugorō as Kurata Shinpachirō, Nakamura Chūtarō as Shōtarō, Onoe Kikunosuke as Magoichi, and Ichikawa Kōsaku as Tokumaru in the play Okige no kumo harau asa gochi
Tokyo /Takanawa Steam Railway, Utagawa Kuniteru

Tokyo /Takanawa Steam Railway, Utagawa Kuniteru

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

Splendor of the Procession of General Grant from America (Beikoku Guranto-shi go tsūkō no han'ei)
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)

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)

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)

Toyohara Kunichika - Ichikawa Sadanji as Dozaemon Denkichi in a Kabuki Play

Toyohara Kunichika - Ichikawa Sadanji as Dozaemon Denkichi in a Kabuki...

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)

Album of Thirty-Two Triptychs of Polychrome Woodblock Prints by Various Artists
Kobayashi Kiyochika - Portrait of Fukuchi Gen'ichiro (1843–?)

Kobayashi Kiyochika - 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)

A Mirror of Japan’s Nobility: The Emperor Meiji, His Wife, and Prince Haru (Fūsō kōki kagami)
Nobility in the Evening Cool (Koki nōryō no zu)
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)

A  Dance Party: Enjoying Cherry Blossom Viewing at Ueno  (Tōbukai Ueno ōka yūran no zu)
Ladies Sewing  (Kijo saihō no zu)
A Contest of Elegant Ladies among the Cherry Blossoms (Kaika kifujin kisoi)
Children Playing in the Snow under Plum Trees in Bloom  (Secchū  baisō gunji yūgi zu)
Court Ladies Sewing Western Clothing  (Jokan yōfuku saihō no zu)
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  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)

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