Tsukioka Yoshitoshi and traditional woodcut
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi – Japanese artist. He is known as the last great master of Ukiyo-e, Japanese woodcuts. Tsukioka Yoshitoshi is also considered one of the main innovators. His career spanned two eras – the last years of feudal Japan, and the first years of modern Japan following the Meiji Restoration.
Like many other Japanese, he was interested in new things from the rest of the world’s adscititious. However, over time, he was worried of the loss of many aspects of traditional Japanese culture, among them traditional woodcut. While Japan has adapted western techniques of reproduction of art, such as photography and lithography, he worked in the old manner. In Japan, which renounced his past, he almost single-handedly managed to raise the art of Ukiyo-e to a new level.