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
  • Kiyonaga
  • Koryusai
  • Masanobu
  • Moronobu
  • Sharaku
  • Shigemasa
  • Shuncho
  • Shunei
  • 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
  • Beauties (bijin-ga)
  • Birds
  • Calligraphy
  • Children
  • Flowers & Gardens
  • Ghosts & Demons (yokai)
  • Insects
  • Landscapes
  • Legends & History
  • Manga & Bookplates
  • Music & Dance
  • Nature
  • Pastimes
  • Poets & Scholars
  • Portraits
  • Rain
  • Rituals & Beliefs
  • Shunga
  • Spring
  • Still Life
  • Summer
  • Sumo
  • Surimono
  • 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)
  • Large (ie. Triptych)
  • Extra Large

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Shojigoshi

Moronobu

Shojigoshi

JP-110930

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Rinzan of the Akatsutaya

Eisho

Rinzan of the Akatsutaya

JPR-209997

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Plum Tree

Shunman

Plum Tree

JPR-210818

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

Hokusai

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

JPR-210785

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A Box at the Kabuki Theater

Utamaro

A Box at the Kabuki Theater

JP-210364

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Scops Owl

Utamaro

Scops Owl

JPR-210168

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Chinzei Hachiro Tametomo Fighting an Oni

Hokusai

Chinzei Hachiro Tametomo Fighting an Oni

JPR-209983

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Young Man Dancing at a Party

Utamaro

Young Man Dancing at a Party

JPR-209993

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Summer Rain

Harunobu

Summer Rain

JPR-210388

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Courtesans and Kamuro Beneath a Flowering Tree

Harunobu

Courtesans and Kamuro Beneath a Flowering Tree

JPR-210384

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Beauty on the Veranda

Harunobu

Beauty on the Veranda

JPR-210378

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Beauty at a Writing Desk

Harunobu

Beauty at a Writing Desk

JPR-210376

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Two Beauties Spot a Bird in the Clouds

Harunobu

Two Beauties Spot a Bird in the Clouds

JPR-210375

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Rolling a Snowball

Harunobu

Rolling a Snowball

JPR-210374

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Pine and Moon

Harunobu

Pine and Moon

JPR-210373

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Abalone Divers Hunting in Enoshima

Utamaro

Abalone Divers Hunting in Enoshima

JPR-209650

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Looking Out on the Veranda

Harunobu

Looking Out on the Veranda

JP-209605

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Young Woman Eavesdropping on Lovers while Reading Shunga Books

Harunobu

Young Woman Eavesdropping on Lovers while Reading Shunga Books

JPR-208800

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Yoshiwara Niwaka Festival: The Second Set of Performances

Utamaro

Yoshiwara Niwaka Festival: The Second Set of Performances

JPR-209157

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Flourishing Port of Takase

Utamaro

Flourishing Port of Takase

JPR-209155

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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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Horsefly and Green Caterpillar

Utamaro

Horsefly and Green Caterpillar

JPR-100435

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