Chikanobu Yoshu, Tea Ceremony, Kimono Design
Artist: Chikanobu Yoshu (1838–1912)
Title: Tea Ceremony
Series title: Pictures of Ladies' Etiquette
Publisher: Katsuki Yoshikatsu
Size: (L)36.8 x 24.4 (C)37 x 24.5 (R)37 x 24.5 cm
Condition: Horizontal creases, watermarks, paper residue on the front of left and right panels, slight stains due to old glue.
Chikanobu was of the most popular woodblock print designers of the 1880s and 1890s, using the medium to document the rapid changes taking place in Tokyo but also to record the customs and lifestyles of the past. The Meiji restoration saw a relaxation in the laws that previously banned the depiction of nobility and the ruling class.
As a result, Chikanobu often depicted court ladies attending seasonal festivals and customs which were popular because it was a world that was beginning to disappear as Japan was undergoing a revolutionary period. Despite promoting traditional values and customs, Chikanobu’s style draws on influence from western drawing techniques but still keeping the tradition of ukiyo-e alive.
The women depicted in this series represent the height of elegance and beauty evident in their finely detailed and brightly coloured kimono and youthful faces.
|Artist Name||Chikanobu Yoshu|
|Subject||Beauty & Female, Kimono Design|
|Dimensions||(L)36.8 x 24.4 (C)37 x 24.5 (R)37 x 24.5 cm|
|Condition Report||Horizontal creases, watermarks, paper residue on the front of left and right panels, slight stains due to old glue.|