Meiji Prints and Politics


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Posted by Dan the Wannabe Ut. on June 03, 2002 at 05:37:35:

Is there any hard evidence that the Meiji government put pressure on publishers or gave them financial incentives to make popular prints that supported government ideology? Or was it just that this ideology had been so deeply institutionalized in the minds of the people that they wanted to buy prints of the emperor, of Confucian and nationalistic values, and of the foreign wars? Other than the early Kyosai, in his wonderful parodic pieces on civilization and enlightenment, are there other Meiji artists who radically challenged the ideals of the Meiji government? (After some consideration, I have decided that Kiyochika, a satirical "insider" if there ever was one, doesn't count.) Does anyone share my curiosity on this subject with sources to civilize and enlighten me with?


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