These Japanese illustrations are from the original edition of Bijutsu Sekai (1893–1896), a collection of woodblock prints from Kacho-ga artist, Watanabe Seitei (渡辺 省亭, 1851 in Edo – 1918). In 1878 he travelled in the United States and Europe, attending the 1878 International Exhibition. He remained in Paris for three years, becoming the first Nihonga artist to live in Europe with the aim of studying Western painting.
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