CHIKANOBU Toyohara (1838 - 1912)
Hashimoto Chikanobu is known by several names. The first is Hashimoto Tadayoshi.
He was trained in Kano school painting and later studies with Kuniyoshi, Kunisada and Toyohara Kunichika who gives him his artist name: Chikanobu.
He begins his artistic activity in the Bunkyu era (1861-1864). He is a prolific woodblock artist, his work displaying a wide range of subject (historic battles, kabuki actors, women of the pleasure districts - all popular subjects for ukiyo-e artists). He made his artistic reputation in the 1870's with triptychs illustrating political events of the Meiji period, depicting the Imperial family. Of note, as well, are his depictions of the social and political shifts as Japan and the rise of "Meiji modernity".
Chikanobu products triptychs of the sino-japanese war of 1894-1895.
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