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Images of War: Meiji Era Ukiyo-e Prints

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The Meiji Era was a period of intense societal change and rapid modernization. It was also a period of aggressive militarism. Japan was involved in both the first  Sino-Japanese War and the Russo-Japanese War as Japan, as the country attempted to expand its borders to repel foreign incursion.

Japanese artists were exposed to Western art and photography, and this is evident in stylistic changes within the print medium. The traditional flattened perspective and stylized features of earlier ukiyo-e prints are less evident. The result is strangely reminiscent of American comics, and clearly shows the infancy of contemporary manga.

Images via the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.


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