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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White Hare and Amaranth

Koryusai

White Hare and Amaranth

JP-208692

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The Poet Sugawara Michizane

Shigemasa

The Poet Sugawara Michizane

JP-208686

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Kisegawa of the Matsubaya

Utamaro

Kisegawa of the Matsubaya

JPR-208609

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Sanbaso

Utamaro

Sanbaso

JPR-208603

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Yamauba and Kintaro

Utamaro

Yamauba and Kintaro

JPR-208602

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Hour of the Hare: Servant Women

Utamaro

Hour of the Hare: Servant Women

JPR-208536

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Courtesan Dreaming a Lucky New Year Dream of Fuji, Falcon, and Eggplant

Koryusai

Courtesan Dreaming a Lucky New Year Dream of Fuji, Falcon, and Eggplant

JP-208439

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Two Lovers by Candlelight

Utamaro

Two Lovers by Candlelight

JPR-208422

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Emperor and Empress Dolls for Doll Festival

Shundo

Emperor and Empress Dolls for Doll Festival

JP-208356

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Month of the Chrysanthemums

Kiyonaga

Month of the Chrysanthemums

JPR1-46217

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Yokihi (Yang Guifei)

Shunsho

Yokihi (Yang Guifei)

JP-95961

$460.00
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Segawa Yujiro

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Segawa Yujiro

JP1428

$780.00
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Arashi Hinaji

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Arashi Hinaji

JP1403

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Kabuki Actor Bando Matataro

Shunsho

Kabuki Actor Bando Matataro

JP1433

$680.00
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Ichikawa Danjuro

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Ichikawa Danjuro

JP1431

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Sakata Hangoro

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Sakata Hangoro

JP1427

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Otani Hiroji

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Otani Hiroji

JP1426

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Nakajima Mihoemon

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Nakajima Mihoemon

JP1424

$480.00
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Nakamura Hidematsu

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Nakamura Hidematsu

JP1423

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Segawa Shichizo

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Segawa Shichizo

JP1421

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Matsumoto Koshiro

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Matsumoto Koshiro

JP1414

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Ichikawa Yaozo

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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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Tomizawa Hanzaburo

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Tomizawa Hanzaburo

JP1405

$480.00
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