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Toyohara Chikanobu (1838-1912) - Japanese Woodblock, Famous Women of Japan

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A beautiful Meiji period Japanese woodblock print by the prolific Toyohara Chikanobu (1838–1912). A diptych from Yoshu's 'Famous Women of Japan' series. Signed to the lower right-hand corner. On wove laid to thick card. Signed. Signed. On wove.


The condition is typical for a picture of this age including some discolouration. The lower left corner of the composition has been lost, as pictured.


31.2 x 38.6cm (12.3" x 15.2")
Sheet: 34.3 x 45cm (13.5" x 17.7")

Artist Biography

Toyohara Chikanobu (1838-1912), better known to his contemporaries as Yōshū Chikanobu, was a prolific woodblock artist of Japan's Meiji period. His work ranged from Japanese mythology to depictions of the battlefields of his lifetime to women's fashions. As well as a number of the other artists of this period, he too portrayed kabuki actors in character. Chikanobu was known as a master of bijinga, images of beautiful women, and for illustrating changes in women's fashion, including both traditional and Western clothing.

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Code pu277
Artist Toyohara Chikanobu (1838-1912)
Date Early 20th Century
Dimensions 31.2 x 38.6cm
Framed No
Medium Japanese Woodblock
Style Asian
Subject Portrait
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