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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Kanesuke

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Kanesuke

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The Lady Sagami

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The Lady Kii

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The Lady Izumi

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Kiyohara no Motosuke

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Kiyohara no Motosuke

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Kabuki Actor Zamoto (Theater Manager) Uzaemon

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Kabuki Actor Zamoto (Theater Manager) Uzaemon

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Kabuki Actor Matsumoto Koshiro IV

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Kabuki Actor Matsumoto Koshiro IV

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Kabuki Actor in a Female Role

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Kabuki Actor in a Female Role

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Actor Sawamura Sojuro III as Nagoya Sanza

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Actor Sawamura Sojuro III as Nagoya Sanza

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Kabuki Actor as Yaoya Oshichi

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Kabuki Actor as Yaoya Oshichi

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Kabuki Actor Kataoka Nizaemon VII

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Kabuki Actor Kataoka Nizaemon VII

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Kabuki Actor Ichikawa Yaozo III

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The Warrior Omori Hikoshichi Carrying a Female Demon

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The Warrior Omori Hikoshichi Carrying a Female Demon

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Kabuki Actor Segawa Kikunojo III

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Kabuki Actor Segawa Kikunojo III

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Kabuki Actor Iwai Hanshiro IV

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Kabuki Actor Iwai Hanshiro IV

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Kabuki Actor Otani Hiroji III

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Kabuki Actor Otani Hiroji III

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Kabuki Actor Ichikawa Monnosuke II as Soga no Goro

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Kabuki Actor Ichikawa Monnosuke II as Soga no Goro

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Kabuki Actor Segawa Kikunojo III

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Kabuki Actor Segawa Kikunojo III

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Kabuki Actor Ichikawa Danzo IV

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Kabuki Actor Ichikawa Danzo IV

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Kabuki Actor Arashi Sangoro II

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Kabuki Actor Arashi Sangoro II

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Kabuki Actor Nakamura Nakazo I

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Kabuki Actor Nakamura Nakazo I

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Kabuki Actor Osagawa Tsuneyo II

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Kabuki Actor Osagawa Tsuneyo II

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Kabuki Actor Nakajima Mihoemon II

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Kabuki Actor Nakajima Mihoemon II

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Kabuki Actor Ichimura Uzaemon IX as Sasaki Tadaomi Araoka Genta in a Shibaraku scene

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Kabuki Actor Ichimura Uzaemon IX as Sasaki Tadaomi Araoka Genta in a Shibaraku scene

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