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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Benten Playing Shamisen

Utamaro

Benten Playing Shamisen

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Kabuki Actor Onoe Matsusuke as Iwafuji

Toyokuni I

Kabuki Actor Onoe Matsusuke as Iwafuji

JPR1-57645

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Debut of a Shinzo (Shinzo dashi no zu)

Utamaro

Debut of a Shinzo (Shinzo dashi no zu)

JP6119

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Courtesan Segawa from the House of Matsubaya

Utamaro

Courtesan Segawa from the House of Matsubaya

JP1-43930

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Bullfinch and Scops Owl

Utamaro

Bullfinch and Scops Owl

JP5459

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Sumo Wrestler Nishikigi Tsukagoro

Shunei

Sumo Wrestler Nishikigi Tsukagoro

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Washing Day

Utamaro

Washing Day

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Ceremony in the House of Pleasure (Shoka no hoshiki)

Utamaro

Ceremony in the House of Pleasure (Shoka no hoshiki)

JP6112

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Lovers Akaneya Hanshichi and Minoya Sankatsu

Utamaro

Lovers Akaneya Hanshichi and Minoya Sankatsu

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The Lovers Komurasaki and Gonpachi

Utamaro

The Lovers Komurasaki and Gonpachi

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Female Warrior Tomoe-gozen on a Horse

Koryusai

Female Warrior Tomoe-gozen on a Horse

JP5782

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Tender Moment: The Forgotten Shamisen

Harunobu

Tender Moment: The Forgotten Shamisen

JPR-85381

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Young Man with Shy Girl

Koryusai

Young Man with Shy Girl

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Man Unties His Lover's Robe

Koryusai

Man Unties His Lover's Robe

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Good Times

Moronobu

Good Times

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While Taking an Afternoon Nap

Harunobu

While Taking an Afternoon Nap

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Enjoying Foreplay

Kiyonaga

Enjoying Foreplay

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On the Veranda

Sukenobu

On the Veranda

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Kabuki Actor Segawa Kikunojo

Unsigned / Unknown Artist

Kabuki Actor Segawa Kikunojo

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Page from List of Books

Utamaro

Page from List of Books

JPR-91955

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Courtesan Agemaki Tuning Shamisen

Harunobu

Courtesan Agemaki Tuning Shamisen

JPR-109910

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Back Stage with an Actor

Koryusai

Back Stage with an Actor

JPR-85396

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I Agree, Let's Do It.

Sukenobu

I Agree, Let's Do It.

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Actor Osagawa Tsuneyo II as Ippei's Older Sister Osan

Sharaku

Actor Osagawa Tsuneyo II as Ippei's Older Sister Osan

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