Japanese Woodblock Prints (1600 - 1800)

Early ukiyo-e, or pictures (e) of the floating world (ukiyo), emerged around 1660 with monochrome prints. The masters of this “primitive” period, such as Moronobu and Masanobu, are known for their elegant and vital lines. By 1700, the first early color prints emerged. Hand-colored with vegetable-based pigments, this process proved costly and was replaced by full-color printing in 1765. Known as the father of color printing, Harunobu ushered in the era of nishiki-e, or brocade pictures, with sensitivity and subtlety. The late 18th century welcomed a “golden age” of ukiyo-e, during which time artists developed the use of color and diversified their approach to subject matter. Sharaku imbued his actor portraits with a greater sense of individualism, while Utamaro delved deeper into the “greenhouses” of the Yoshiwara, considering the private lives of courtesans. Browse our collection of early ukiyo-e below.

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Poem by Minamoto no Shigeyuki

Harunobu

Poem by Minamoto no Shigeyuki

JP-207862

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Playing with Fans

Kiyonaga

Playing with Fans

JP-111394

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Tama River at Ide

Eiri

Tama River at Ide

JPR5605

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Beauty Holding a Fan

Utamaro

Beauty Holding a Fan

JP1-43940

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Tiger Under Waterfall

Hokusai

Tiger Under Waterfall

JP-207879

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Tiger and Bamboo

Masanobu

Tiger and Bamboo

JP-207872

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Black and White Oxen and Red and White Plum Blossoms

Harunobu

Black and White Oxen and Red and White Plum Blossoms

JP-207871

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Maple Viewing

Utamaro

Maple Viewing

JP5127

$800.00
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New Year's Day from Comic Poems for the Twelve Months

Utamaro

New Year's Day from Comic Poems for the Twelve Months

JPR5479

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The Lady Sei Shonagon

Shunsho

The Lady Sei Shonagon

JP1118

$585.00
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Mother and Child

Utamaro

Mother and Child

JP5775

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Oiran Katsuyama and Her Attendants from Minoya

Koryusai

Oiran Katsuyama and Her Attendants from Minoya

JP2563

$4,800.00
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The Emperor Xuanzong and Yang Guifei

Moronobu

The Emperor Xuanzong and Yang Guifei

JP1-20961

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The Writing Lesson

Moronobu

The Writing Lesson

JP1463

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The Courtesan Hitomoto of Monjiro

Utamaro

The Courtesan Hitomoto of Monjiro

JP-110878

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Yamauba and Kintaro

Utamaro

Yamauba and Kintaro

JP-111040

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Under the Mosquito Net

Eiri

Under the Mosquito Net

JPR-92102

$760.00
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Courtesans Hotomoto and Mototsue from Daimonjiya

Utamaro

Courtesans Hotomoto and Mototsue from Daimonjiya

JP-110982

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Preface for Ehon Mushi Erabi

Utamaro

Preface for Ehon Mushi Erabi

JPR-100907

$600.00
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Overnight Guest

Utamaro

Overnight Guest

JP6116

$2,700.00
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Tree Cricket and Firefly

Utamaro

Tree Cricket and Firefly

JPR-100431

$2,800.00
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Horsefly and Green Caterpillar

Utamaro

Horsefly and Green Caterpillar

JPR-100435

$2,800.00
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Evening Cicada and Spider

Utamaro

Evening Cicada and Spider

JPR-100433

$2,600.00
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Katydid and Centipede

Utamaro

Katydid and Centipede

JPR-100429

$3,400.00
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