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
  • Kiyotsune
  • Koryusai
  • Sharaku
  • Shunei
  • Shunjo
  • Shunko
  • Shunsho
  • Toyokuni I
  • Utamaro
  • Unsigned / Unknown Artist

Series

  • Ehon Butai Ogi: Picture Book of Stage Fans

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

  • Painting
  • Woodblock Print

Size

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

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Interior of a Kabuki Theater

Toyokuni I

Interior of a Kabuki Theater

JPR-210801

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A Box at the Kabuki Theater

Utamaro

A Box at the Kabuki Theater

JP-210364

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Kabuki Actor Sakata Hangoro III

Shunei

Kabuki Actor Sakata Hangoro III

JPR-210000

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Kabuki Actor Nakamura Nakazo I as Taira no Kiyomori

Shunsho

Kabuki Actor Nakamura Nakazo I as Taira no Kiyomori

JPR-209990

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Bando Mitsugoro I as the Sprit of an Egret Disguised as Cotton Maker Megamagosaburo

Shunsho

Bando Mitsugoro I as the Sprit of an Egret Disguised as Cotton Maker Megamagosaburo

JPR-210157

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Kabuki Actor Ichikawa Hisazo

Buncho

Kabuki Actor Ichikawa Hisazo

JP1440

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Yamauba and Kintaro

Utamaro

Yamauba and Kintaro

JPR-208602

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Segawa Yujiro

Buncho

Segawa Yujiro

JP1428

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Arashi Hinaji

Buncho

Arashi Hinaji

JP1403

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Kabuki Actor Bando Matataro

Shunsho

Kabuki Actor Bando Matataro

JP1433

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Ichikawa Danjuro

Buncho

Ichikawa Danjuro

JP1431

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Sakata Hangoro

Buncho

Sakata Hangoro

JP1427

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Otani Hiroji

Buncho

Otani Hiroji

JP1426

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Nakajima Mihoemon

Buncho

Nakajima Mihoemon

JP1424

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Nakamura Hidematsu

Buncho

Nakamura Hidematsu

JP1423

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Segawa Shichizo

Buncho

Segawa Shichizo

JP1421

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Matsumoto Koshiro

Buncho

Matsumoto Koshiro

JP1414

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Ichikawa Yaozo

Buncho

Ichikawa Yaozo

JP1412

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Kabuki Actor Sakata Kunihachi

Shunsho

Kabuki Actor Sakata Kunihachi

JP1406

$640.00
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Tomizawa Hanzaburo

Buncho

Tomizawa Hanzaburo

JP1405

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Kabuki Actor Yoshizawa Sakinosuke

Shunsho

Kabuki Actor Yoshizawa Sakinosuke

JP1404

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Kabuki Actor Iwai Hanshiro

Shunsho

Kabuki Actor Iwai Hanshiro

JP1401

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Kabuki Actor Ichikawa Tomozo

Shunsho

Kabuki Actor Ichikawa Tomozo

JP1400

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Kabuki Actor Zamoto (Theater Manager) Uzaemon

Shunsho

Kabuki Actor Zamoto (Theater Manager) Uzaemon

JP1434

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