Toyohara Chikanobu

Japanese , 1838 - 1912

Born in Niigata Prefecture in Japan, Chikanobu was trained in Kano School painting and later studied with the Utagawa masters Kuniyoshi and Kunisada, and finally with Toyohara Kunichika, from whom he received his artist’s name.

His artistic activity began in the Bunkyu era (1861- 1864), but his reputation grew in the 1880s with triptychs illustrating political events of the Meiji period, depictions of the Imperial family and customs and manners of a changing Japan. His prints include “Catching Fireflies”, “A Ladies Outing” and “Autumn Festival”, among others. He also produced triptychs of the Sino- Japanese war of 1894-1895.
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