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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Actor Otani Tokuji as the Footman (Yakko) Sodesuke

Sharaku

Actor Otani Tokuji as the Footman (Yakko) Sodesuke

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The Priest Ryosen

Shunsho

The Priest Ryosen

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The Retired Emperor Juntoku

Shunsho

The Retired Emperor Juntoku

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Midorigi and Wakaume

Utamaro

Midorigi and Wakaume

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An Exceptional Woman

Eishi

An Exceptional Woman

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Wild Horses by a Stream

Utamaro

Wild Horses by a Stream

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Onogawa Saisuke aka Onogawa Kisaburo the 5th Yokozuna

Shunko

Onogawa Saisuke aka Onogawa Kisaburo the 5th Yokozuna

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Couple at the Bathtub

Koryusai

Couple at the Bathtub

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Tickle My Feet

Utamaro

Tickle My Feet

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Courtesan Wakaume from the Tamaya in Edomachi 1-chome

Utamaro

Courtesan Wakaume from the Tamaya in Edomachi 1-chome

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Disrobe

Koryusai

Disrobe

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New Year

Toyokuni I

New Year

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The Love Letter

Harunobu

The Love Letter

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Ariwara no Narihira

Shunsho

Ariwara no Narihira

JP-208624

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