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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Looking Out on the Veranda

Harunobu

Looking Out on the Veranda

JP-209605

$600.00
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Kajiwara Genta and the Courtesan Umegae

Utamaro

Kajiwara Genta and the Courtesan Umegae

JPR-209541

$18,000.00
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Parody of the Tsutsu Izutsu Story from the Tales of Ise

Eishi

Parody of the Tsutsu Izutsu Story from the Tales of Ise

JPR-209545

$1,500.00
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Peony

Utamaro

Peony

JPR-209540

$3,400.00
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Yoshiwara Niwaka Festival

Utamaro

Yoshiwara Niwaka Festival

JPR-209156

$480.00
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See Through Kimono in Summer

Shunsho

See Through Kimono in Summer

JPR-94650

$900.00
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Two Gray Starlings

Masayoshi

Two Gray Starlings

JPR5246

$2,000.00
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Silver Pheasants

Masayoshi

Silver Pheasants

JPR-88214

$2,000.00
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The Sixth Month: Fashionable Scenes from the Twelve Months

Kiyonaga

The Sixth Month: Fashionable Scenes from the Twelve Months

JPR-209521

$16,000.00
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Wisdom (Chi)

Toyokuni I

Wisdom (Chi)

JPR-209379

$4,800.00
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Young Woman Eavesdropping on Lovers while Reading Shunga Books

Harunobu

Young Woman Eavesdropping on Lovers while Reading Shunga Books

JPR-208800

$2,800.00
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Act II: The Palace

Utamaro

Act II: The Palace

JPR-103795

$10,800.00
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Yoshiwara Niwaka Festival: The Second Set of Performances

Utamaro

Yoshiwara Niwaka Festival: The Second Set of Performances

JPR-209157

$450.00
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Flourishing Port of Takase

Utamaro

Flourishing Port of Takase

JPR-209155

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Kabuki Actor Ichikawa Hisazo

Buncho

Kabuki Actor Ichikawa Hisazo

JP1440

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The Wrestler Kachozan

Shunei

The Wrestler Kachozan

JP-209184

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Yoyohana

Harunobu

Yoyohana

JPR-208941

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Horsefly and Green Caterpillar

Utamaro

Horsefly and Green Caterpillar

JPR-100435

$2,200.00
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Admiring His Size

Shuncho

Admiring His Size

JPR-92351

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White Plum Blossoms

Hokusai

White Plum Blossoms

JP1-26636

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Young Beauty Carrying a New Year's Tray

Hokusai

Young Beauty Carrying a New Year's Tray

JP1-26633

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Koto

Shunman

Koto

JP-208710

$7,200.00
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Kanbara

Utamaro

Kanbara

JP-208183

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Fukusuke (Bringer of Good Luck) and Two Courtesans

Utamaro

Fukusuke (Bringer of Good Luck) and Two Courtesans

JP-208353

$900.00
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