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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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

JPR1-75963

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Washing Day

Utamaro

Washing Day

JP1-71923

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Kabuki Actors Ichikawa Omezo and Iwai Kumesaburo

Toyokuni I

Kabuki Actors Ichikawa Omezo and Iwai Kumesaburo

JP1-46251

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Young Man Cleaning Snow from Lover's Geta

Koryusai

Young Man Cleaning Snow from Lover's Geta

JP5802

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On the Veranda

Eishi

On the Veranda

JP2532

$3,800.00

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Just Can't Wait

Masanobu

Just Can't Wait

JP1349

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Cone-headed Grasshopper and Praying Mantis

Utamaro

Cone-headed Grasshopper and Praying Mantis

JPR-100439

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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

JP-77908

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The Lovers Komurasaki and Gonpachi

Utamaro

The Lovers Komurasaki and Gonpachi

JP5778

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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

JPR-85420

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After a Smoke

Koryusai

After a Smoke

JPR-85383

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After a Smoke

Masanobu

After a Smoke

JP1365

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Man Who Dreamed of Her for Nine Years

Utamaro

Man Who Dreamed of Her for Nine Years

JPR1-25785

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Delicious, Sigh, like Yam Soup

Masanobu

Delicious, Sigh, like Yam Soup

JP1464

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Man Unties His Lover's Robe

Koryusai

Man Unties His Lover's Robe

JP2013

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Good Times

Moronobu

Good Times

JP2170

$1,800.00
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Samurai Lover

Masanobu

Samurai Lover

JP2168

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Tsuriage (hanging)

Moronobu

Tsuriage (hanging)

JP-98291

$1,800.00
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The Sound of Insects

Koryusai

The Sound of Insects

JP2014

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