Hatsune, Manji koro fujin: First Call of the Warbler, Women of the Manji Era

Method Woodblock (nishiki-e)
Artist Mizuno Toshikata (1866-1908)
Published 1893 (Meiji 26)
Dimensions Ôban tate-e [~15.6 x 10.7 inches]
Notes Series: Sanjuroku Kasen: Thirty-six Elegant Selections
Signature: Toshikata
Publisher: Akiyama Buemon

Number 22 in the series depicting women in different eras.

Mizuno Toshikata (1866-1908) was born in Edo (present Tokyo) with the given name Kumejiro. He developed his passion for art at an early age and entered the school of the great ukiyo-e master Yoshitoshi Tsukioka (1839-1892) when 13. While learning to design woodblock print, he also studied nanga painting with Shibata Hoshu and Watanabe Shotei (1851-1918).

From the 1880's, Toshikata worked for the newspaper Yamato shimbun as an illustrator. He also produced many prints depicting battle scenes during the Sino-Japanese war (1894-1895). His other speciality were bijin-prints with beautiful women and children.

Toshikata's position in the history of Japanese print is an interesting one - a kind of bridge between traditional ukiyo-e and modern Japanese print. He was one of the best students of Yoshitoshi, who succeeded in blending the traditional ukiyo-e style with Western realism. Toshikata later became the teacher of Kaburagi Kiyokata (1878-1973), who was to become the teacher of Ito Shinsui, Kawase Hasui and Kasamatsu Shiro, all artists who would lead the Shin Hanga (New Print) movement - the renaissance of Japanese woodblock print.

Condition: Trimmed within image on left margin. Light toning to sheet. Red ink oxodised.
Framing mounted
Price £175.00
Stock ID 51229