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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Kabuki Actor Ichikawa Ebizo

Kiyotsune

Kabuki Actor Ichikawa Ebizo

JP-207817

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Kabuki Actor Segawa Somenosuke as Takao

Unsigned / Unknown Artist

Kabuki Actor Segawa Somenosuke as Takao

JPR1-57647

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Courtesan Somenosuke from Matsubaya

Eishi

Courtesan Somenosuke from Matsubaya

JP-208114

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A Chushingura Parody, Act VII

Kiyonaga

A Chushingura Parody, Act VII

JP5803

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Bijin in a Summer Kimono Holding a Goldfish Bowl

Eishi

Bijin in a Summer Kimono Holding a Goldfish Bowl

JP5801

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Kayoi Komachi

Harunobu

Kayoi Komachi

JP-208112

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Courtesan Nioteru from Ogiya

Koryusai

Courtesan Nioteru from Ogiya

JP-208113

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After the Bath

Eishi

After the Bath

JP5783

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Young Woman Under an Umbrella

Kiyonaga

Young Woman Under an Umbrella

JP5675

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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

$5,500.00
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Tama River at Ide

Eiri

Tama River at Ide

JPR5605

$3,200.00
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Beauty Holding a Fan

Utamaro

Beauty Holding a Fan

JP1-43940

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Cone-headed Grasshopper and Praying Mantis

Utamaro

Cone-headed Grasshopper and Praying Mantis

JPR-100439

$2,800.00
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Silently

Sukenobu

Silently

JP-110980

$185.00
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Under Blossoming Cherry Tree

Utamaro

Under Blossoming Cherry Tree

JPR5034

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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

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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

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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

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