Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839–1892) is widely recognized as the last and greatest master of ukiyo-e-style and Japanese woodblock printing. His work depicts the last years of feudal Japan and the beginning of modern times in Japan following the Meiji Restoration. Despite the fact that many Japanese artists of that time were adopting Western mass reproduction methods like photography and lithography, Yoshitoshi kept working on in the old fashion. Largely unimpressed by modern techniques he pushed the traditional Japanese woodblock print to a new height, just before it effectively died with him in 1892. The death of his father in 1863 inspired him just as much as the lawlessness and violence of his country at war and so, many of his 1860s prints show crude violence and depict death most graphically. He soon found a willing audience for his sketches and as a result began to move up in Edo’s ranks of ukiyo-e artists. It seems redundant to mention that his imaginative prints made him stand out against any other artist of his time. Between 1866 and 1868 Yoshitoshi created his terrific "Twenty-eight famous murders with verse" – a collection of extremely disturbing images that show killings in very graphic detail. In 1868 he witnessed the defeat of the Shogun’s army at Ueno as a result of the Meji Restauration – and created "Yositoshi’s selection of one hundred warriors". It is said that his work of the "bloody" period has had an impact on writers such as Jun’ichir Tanizaki (1886–1965) and modern artists including Tadanori Yokoo, Masami Teraoka or Maruo Suehiro. Although he is mostly known for his "bloody" prints, they merely represent a small portion of his work which is filled to the top with variety, subtlety and great insight.