Asian culture, woodblock prints were extremely popular
options of art. Today,
you still find people around the world interested in this
type of art, being unique, detailed, and beautifully
particular artist of woodblock prints is named Chikanobu.
While there are a number of interesting factors
surrounding this artist, the most fascinating is his split
personality, which resulted in varying styles of work.
For starters, Chikanobu was known to create Kabuki
theater triptychs. Typically,
these woodblock prints were designed using vibrant colors
such as purple and red.
Included in these productions were various style
figures that you would expect from the Utagawa School but
little creativity or originality.
However, Chikanobu’s other genre was related to
history, specifically during the late 19th
of these pieces have become exceedingly popular to include
“Snow, Moon, and Flowers”, and “Shin Bijin”.
Different from the bold colors and dramatic
depictions, Chikanobu created these historical pieces using
softer colors and a specific design approach that clearly
created something detailed and beautiful.
Regardless of the work done, Chikanobu used a special
signature that was influenced by his amazing sense of style
and his intense spirit.
Because Chikanobu chose to work outside limitations
of the Kunichika School, his work was quite popular,
allowing him to make a great living.
Much of Chikanobu’s work consisted of triptychs of
beautiful, palace women.
The one thing you would notice with this artist’s
work is that unlike other artists from this same period, he
chose to create large head women.
Typically, you would see Chikanobu taking traditional
ideas and molding them with his own unique inspiration to
create pieces like no one else.
Many say this man was torn between old and new
Japanese cultures and traditions.
However, the depths of his woodblock prints are one
of the factors that set him apart from other artists. In fact, many of Chikanobu’s pieces are said to have pushed
new styles for Ukiyo-e.
His work is definitely complex and new.
Many times, Chikanobu would venture out to unknown
areas, taking his keen sense of style and color to produce
something special, something very mesmerizing.
Many of this artist’s pieces were misty, often
featuring fluffy clouds or fading.
Again, this unique style was something refreshing.
The one thing you would note immediately upon seeing
Chikanobu’s woodblock prints is the ability to deepen fine
points pertaining to Japanese history.
This dynamic approach and his self-awareness were two
aspects of this artist that made him so incredibly
doubt, Chikanobu’s work captures the attention of the
viewer, as they marvel in the color and immense detailing.