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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Young Love

Koryusai

Young Love

JP2012

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Under Spring Blankets

Koryusai

Under Spring Blankets

JP2011

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Niseotoko

Moronobu

Niseotoko

JP-98294

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Night at Fukagawa

Harunobu

Night at Fukagawa

JPR-85390

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While Taking an Afternoon Nap

Harunobu

While Taking an Afternoon Nap

JPR-85412

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Under Blossoming Cherry Tree

Utamaro

Under Blossoming Cherry Tree

JPR5034

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Reaching for a Kiss

Kiyonaga

Reaching for a Kiss

JPR-109522

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Enjoying Foreplay

Kiyonaga

Enjoying Foreplay

JPR-109474

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Winter Night

Koryusai

Winter Night

JPR-85418

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Foreplay

Koryusai

Foreplay

JPR-85400

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On the Veranda

Sukenobu

On the Veranda

JP-110978

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Kabuki Actor Segawa Kikunojo

Unsigned / Unknown Artist

Kabuki Actor Segawa Kikunojo

JPR1-57652

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Page from List of Books

Utamaro

Page from List of Books

JPR-91955

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Courtesan Agemaki Tuning Shamisen

Harunobu

Courtesan Agemaki Tuning Shamisen

JPR-109910

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Cold Day in Winter

Koryusai

Cold Day in Winter

JPR-92134

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Back Stage with an Actor

Koryusai

Back Stage with an Actor

JPR-85396

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Happy to Meet Her at Night

Moronobu

Happy to Meet Her at Night

JP-110920

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Actor Osagawa Tsuneyo II as Ippei's Older Sister Osan

Sharaku

Actor Osagawa Tsuneyo II as Ippei's Older Sister Osan

JP-103834

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Actor Otani Tokuji as the Footman (Yakko) Sodesuke

Sharaku

Actor Otani Tokuji as the Footman (Yakko) Sodesuke

JP-103282

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The Priest Ryosen

Shunsho

The Priest Ryosen

JP-95928

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The Retired Emperor Juntoku

Shunsho

The Retired Emperor Juntoku

JP-95917

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Midorigi and Wakaume

Utamaro

Midorigi and Wakaume

JPR1-57217

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In the Bathhouse

Koryusai

In the Bathhouse

JPR1-25786

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An Exceptional Woman

Eishi

An Exceptional Woman

JPR5303

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