Yoshitoshi Tsukioka

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (月岡 芳年; also named Taiso Yoshitoshi 大蘇 芳年; 1839 – 1892). He is widely recognized as the last great master of the ukiyo-e genre. His career spanned two eras – the last years of Edo period Japan, and the first years of modern Japan following the Meiji Restoration. Yoshitoshi was interested in new things from the rest of the world, but over time he became increasingly concerned with the loss of many aspects of traditional Japanese culture, among them traditional woodblock printing. By the end of his career, Yoshitoshi managed to push the traditional Japanese woodblock print to a new level, before it effectively died with him.