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
  • Harunobu
  • Shunei
  • Shunman
  • Utamaro

Series

  • Annals of the Green Houses
  • 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

  • Woodblock Print

Size

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

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Woman with Koto

Shunei

Woman with Koto

JPR-210814

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Young Couple with a Shamisen

Harunobu

Young Couple with a Shamisen

JP-209602

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Young Man Dancing at a Party

Utamaro

Young Man Dancing at a Party

JPR-209993

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Koto

Shunman

Koto

JP-208710

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Sanbaso

Utamaro

Sanbaso

JPR-208603

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Ichikawa Danjuro

Buncho

Ichikawa Danjuro

JP1431

$620.00
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New Year's Day in the Yoshiwara

Utamaro

New Year's Day in the Yoshiwara

JPR5479

$2,400.00
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Niwaka Festival (Niwaka no zu)

Utamaro

Niwaka Festival (Niwaka no zu)

JP6115

$1,200.00
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The Music Lesson

Utamaro

The Music Lesson

JP5873

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Benten Playing Shamisen

Utamaro

Benten Playing Shamisen

JPR-79218

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Courtesan Agemaki Tuning Shamisen

Harunobu

Courtesan Agemaki Tuning Shamisen

JPR-109910

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