Advent Calendar Day 15

A japanese woman in a snowy park with her dogs

Snow in the Park

Yōshū Chikanobu was a leading woodblock print designer of the Meiji era (1868-1912), a time when Japan was undergoing rapid modernization and westernization after the restoration of the emperor to power in 1868. In the mid-1870s, Chikanobu, like many other artists of the time, designed prints that documented the modernization of Japanese government and society and showed the emperor and his entourage in the latest Western fashions. By the late 1880s, however, Chikanobu’s prints began to show an increasing nostalgia for Japanese traditional culture.

This scene is part of a triptych showing a group of elegant women in traditional dress enjoying a stroll in the grounds of a temple. Here three small dogs playfully fight over a straw sandal.

Two japanese women in a snowy park
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Snow in the Park, Toyohara Chikanobu (1838–1912)
Sheet from a triptych from the series Customs of Old Japan

Colour woodblock print