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
  • Eisho
  • Harunobu
  • Hokusai
  • Shundo
  • Shunei
  • Shunjo
  • Shunko
  • Shunsho
  • Toyokuni I
  • Utamaro

Series

  • 100 Poems by 100 Poets (Shunsho)
  • 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

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

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Kabuki Actor Matsumoto Koshiro IV

Shunei

Kabuki Actor Matsumoto Koshiro IV

JP-208376

$1,200.00
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Rinzan of the Akatsutaya

Eisho

Rinzan of the Akatsutaya

JPR-209997

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Courtesan Hitomoto from the House of Daimonjiya

Utamaro

Courtesan Hitomoto from the House of Daimonjiya

JP5038

$12,000.00
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Sumo Wrestler Edogazaki Genji

Shunko

Sumo Wrestler Edogazaki Genji

JP-111390

$7,600.00
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The Lovers Umegawa and Chubei

Utamaro

The Lovers Umegawa and Chubei

JPR-210169

$4,800.00
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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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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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Kisegawa of the Matsubaya

Utamaro

Kisegawa of the Matsubaya

JPR-208609

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Emperor and Empress Dolls for Doll Festival

Shundo

Emperor and Empress Dolls for Doll Festival

JP-208356

$5,700.00
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Yokihi (Yang Guifei)

Shunsho

Yokihi (Yang Guifei)

JP-95961

$460.00
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Segawa Yujiro

Buncho

Segawa Yujiro

JP1428

$780.00
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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

$490.00
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Matsumoto Koshiro

Buncho

Matsumoto Koshiro

JP1414

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Ichikawa Yaozo

Buncho

Ichikawa Yaozo

JP1412

$780.00
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Kabuki Actor Sakata Kunihachi

Shunsho

Kabuki Actor Sakata Kunihachi

JP1406

$640.00
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