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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Artist

  • Buncho
  • Eiri
  • Eishi
  • Eisho
  • Harunobu
  • Hokusai
  • Kiyomitsu
  • Kiyonaga
  • Kiyotsune
  • Koryusai
  • Masanobu
  • Masayoshi
  • Morikuni
  • Moronobu
  • Sharaku
  • Shigemasa
  • Shuncho
  • Shundo
  • Shunei
  • Shunjo
  • Shunko
  • Shunman
  • Shunsho
  • Sukenobu
  • Toyokuni I
  • Utamaro
  • Unsigned / Unknown Artist

Series

  • 100 Poems by 100 Poets (Shunsho)
  • Annals of the Green Houses
  • Book of Selected Insects
  • Ehon Butai Ogi: Picture Book of Stage Fans
  • Ehon Momo Chidori
  • The Brocade of Spring [Ehon]
  • Utamakura

Subject

  • Actors & Theater
  • Animals & Fish
  • Architectural
  • Autumn
  • Beauties (bijin-ga)
  • Birds
  • Calligraphy
  • Cats & Dogs
  • Children
  • Comic
  • Flowers & Gardens
  • Genji
  • Ghosts & Demons (yokai)
  • Insects
  • Landscapes
  • Legends & History
  • Manga & Bookplates
  • Moon & Night
  • Mt. Fuji
  • Music & Dance
  • Nature
  • Pastimes
  • Poets & Scholars
  • Portraits
  • Rain
  • Rituals & Beliefs
  • Shunga
  • Spring
  • Still Life
  • Summer
  • Sumo
  • Surimono
  • Tokaido
  • Warriors & Samurai
  • Waterscapes
  • Winter

Period

  • 1600 - 1800 (Early Edo)
  • 1800 - 1868 (Edo)

Medium

  • Ehon
  • Painting
  • Woodblock Print

Size

  • Extra Small (ie. Koban)
  • Small (ie. Chuban)
  • Medium (ie. Oban)
  • Large (ie. Triptych)
  • Extra Large

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Shojigoshi

Moronobu

Shojigoshi

JP-110930

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Yokochigae

Moronobu

Yokochigae

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Bajogake

Moronobu

Bajogake

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Delicious, Sigh, like Yam Soup

Masanobu

Delicious, Sigh, like Yam Soup

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Young Man Cleaning Snow from Lover's Geta

Koryusai

Young Man Cleaning Snow from Lover's Geta

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Interior of a Kabuki Theater

Toyokuni I

Interior of a Kabuki Theater

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Rinzan of the Akatsutaya

Eisho

Rinzan of the Akatsutaya

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Courtesan Hitomoto from the House of Daimonjiya

Utamaro

Courtesan Hitomoto from the House of Daimonjiya

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Sumo Wrestler Edogazaki Genji

Shunko

Sumo Wrestler Edogazaki Genji

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Plum Tree

Shunman

Plum Tree

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Woman with Koto

Shunei

Woman with Koto

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Seated Beauty: Egoyomi for 1799

Unsigned / Unknown Artist

Seated Beauty: Egoyomi for 1799

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Uki-e: A View of Toeizan's Chudo Hall

Hokusai

Uki-e: A View of Toeizan's Chudo Hall

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A Box at the Kabuki Theater

Utamaro

A Box at the Kabuki Theater

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Scops Owl

Utamaro

Scops Owl

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Shoki the Demon Queller

Kiyomitsu

Shoki the Demon Queller

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Kabuki Actor Sakata Hangoro III

Shunei

Kabuki Actor Sakata Hangoro III

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Momiji no Ga from Genji in Fashionable Modern Guise

Eishi

Momiji no Ga from Genji in Fashionable Modern Guise

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Kabuki Actor Nakamura Nakazo I as Taira no Kiyomori

Shunsho

Kabuki Actor Nakamura Nakazo I as Taira no Kiyomori

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Red

Koryusai

Red

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Chinzei Hachiro Tametomo Fighting an Oni

Hokusai

Chinzei Hachiro Tametomo Fighting an Oni

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Young Couple with a Shamisen

Harunobu

Young Couple with a Shamisen

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Young Man Dancing at a Party

Utamaro

Young Man Dancing at a Party

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The Lovers Umegawa and Chubei

Utamaro

The Lovers Umegawa and Chubei

JPR-210169

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