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Chikanobu Yoshu, Japanese, (1838–1912)
Snow, Moon, Flowers: No. 1 Omi, Autumn Moon over Ishiyama, Murasaki Shikibu, 1884-1885
Ink on Paper
12 7/8 in. x 8 3/8 in. (327.03 mm x 212.73 mm)

Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Period: Meiji (Japan, 1869-1912)
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Ballard
Accession Number: 93.6.61

Alternate Title: Setsugekka: Omi, Ishiyama aki no tsuki, Murasaki shikibu

Back to back print with 93.6.60. No. 1.

Title on mat, in pencil.

Colored ink on paper; wood-block print.

Object Description
In these two illustrations of Murasaki, the artists have worked in very different styles.  Masanobu uses the stylized clouds and bird's-eye-view of the traditional Tosa School of Japanese painting (yamato-e), while Chikanobu creates more atmospheric clouds and uses elements of Western perspective. Masanobu's print has been hand-colored, using pure unmodulated pigments, whereas Chikanobu's more "modern" image has suggestions of shading in both garments and architecture. These differences reflect the influence of European arts that were imported into Japan during the 18th-19th centuries.

Kobayashi Tetsujiro.

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