One dozen accordian-fold cards (3 each of 4 designs) with envelopes in a decorative box.
Each card has three 5 x 7 in. printed panels, measuring 15 x 7 in. when unfolded.
Over two hundred years of drastic isolationism in Japan ended with the Meiji period (1868–1912), ushering in an era of rapid and remarkable changes as the island opened to outside cultural, economic, and political influences. Japanese woodblock prints—hundreds of thousands of them—produced during this period served as a significant record of historic events and dramatic advances in transportation, architecture, fashion, and social decorum.
Warrior-turned-artist Hashimoto Chikanobu (Japanese, 1838–1912) was one of the most prolific woodblock artists of the day, known for depicting a wide range of subjects—from war and rebellion to scenes of domesticity. He represented the elegant surroundings of courtesans, royal subjects, and other beautiful people in brilliant hues of reds, blues, and purples. Their mixture of Western and traditional dress illustrates the comingling of cultures all across Japan.
The three-panel notecards in this assortment feature four of Chikanobu’s striking triptychs held in the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria’s extensive collection of Japanese woodblock prints.
Contains three each of the following notecards:
Getting Dressed, 1895
Dance Party: Enjoying Cherry Blossom Viewing at Ueno, 1887
Meiji Emperor and Empress in Peony Garden, 1883