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
  • Shunsho
  • Sukenobu
  • Toyokuni I
  • Utamaro
  • Unsigned / Unknown Artist

Series

  • 100 Poems by 100 Poets (Shunsho)
  • Annals of the Green Houses
  • 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)
  • 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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Tea Master and a Young Woman

Masanobu

Tea Master and a Young Woman

JP5129

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Abalone Diver and Kappa

Utamaro

Abalone Diver and Kappa

JP-208267

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Courtesan Somenosuke from Matsubaya

Eishi

Courtesan Somenosuke from Matsubaya

JP-208114

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Bijin in a Summer Kimono Holding a Goldfish Bowl

Eishi

Bijin in a Summer Kimono Holding a Goldfish Bowl

JP5801

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Young Woman Under an Umbrella

Kiyonaga

Young Woman Under an Umbrella

JP5675

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Poem by Minamoto no Shigeyuki

Harunobu

Poem by Minamoto no Shigeyuki

JP-207862

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Silently

Sukenobu

Silently

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Under Blossoming Cherry Tree

Utamaro

Under Blossoming Cherry Tree

JPR5034

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Tiger Under Waterfall

Hokusai

Tiger Under Waterfall

JP-207879

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Tiger and Bamboo

Masanobu

Tiger and Bamboo

JP-207872

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Black and White Oxen and Red and White Plum Blossoms

Harunobu

Black and White Oxen and Red and White Plum Blossoms

JP-207871

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Maple Viewing

Utamaro

Maple Viewing

JP5127

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Mother and Child

Utamaro

Mother and Child

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The Courtesan Hitomoto of Monjiro

Utamaro

The Courtesan Hitomoto of Monjiro

JP-110878

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Yamauba and Kintaro

Utamaro

Yamauba and Kintaro

JP-111040

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Under the Mosquito Net

Eiri

Under the Mosquito Net

JPR-92102

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Overnight Guest

Utamaro

Overnight Guest

JP6116

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Delivery of New Year Gifts in Naka-no-cho (Naka-no-cho Nenrei no zu)

Utamaro

Delivery of New Year Gifts in Naka-no-cho (Naka-no-cho Nenrei no zu)

JP6111

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The Music Lesson

Utamaro

The Music Lesson

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Courtesan Usumizu from Tsuruya

Utamaro

Courtesan Usumizu from Tsuruya

JP1-51504

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Courtesan Hisui from Ogiya

Utamaro

Courtesan Hisui from Ogiya

JP1-20972

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Parting the Next Morning (Kocho kinuginu no zu)

Utamaro

Parting the Next Morning (Kocho kinuginu no zu)

JP6118

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Debut of Geisha (Geisha hirome no zu)

Utamaro

Debut of Geisha (Geisha hirome no zu)

JP6117

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Arihara of Tsuru-ya

Utamaro

Arihara of Tsuru-ya

JP1226

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