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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Kabuki Actor Yoshizawa Sakinosuke

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Kabuki Actor Yoshizawa Sakinosuke

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Kabuki Actor Iwai Hanshiro

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Kabuki Actor Iwai Hanshiro

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Kabuki Actor Ichikawa Tomozo

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Kabuki Actor Ichikawa Tomozo

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Fujiwara no Sanekata

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Fujiwara no Sanekata

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Gon Chunagon Sadayori

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Gon Chunagon Sadayori

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Prince Kentoku

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Prince Kentoku

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Tadamichi

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Tadamichi

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Minamoto no Hitoshi

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Minamoto no Hitoshi

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Abe no Nakamaro

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Abe no Nakamaro

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Kiyohara no Fukayabu

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Kiyohara no Fukayabu

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The Former Archbishop Jien

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The Former Archbishop Jien

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Funya no Yasuhide

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Funya no Yasuhide

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Sakyo-dayu Michimasa

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Sakyo-dayu Michimasa

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Minamoto no Shigeyuki

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Minamoto no Shigeyuki

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Dainagon Kinto

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Dainagon Kinto

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Ono no Komachi

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Ono no Komachi

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The Lady-in-waiting Suwo

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The Lady-in-waiting Suwo

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The Mother of Korechika

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The Mother of Korechika

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The Lady Sei Shonagon

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The Lady Sei Shonagon

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Lady Horikawa

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Lady Horikawa

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Daini Sanmi, the Lady Katako

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Daini Sanmi, the Lady Katako

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Princess Ise

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Princess Ise

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Princess Sukeko

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Princess Sukeko

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Fujiwara no Yoshitaka

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Fujiwara no Yoshitaka

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