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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Artist

  • Buncho
  • Eiri
  • Eishi
  • Eisho
  • Harunobu
  • Hokusai
  • Kiyomitsu
  • Kiyonaga
  • Kiyotsune
  • Koryusai
  • Masanobu
  • Masayoshi
  • Morikuni
  • Moronobu
  • Sharaku
  • Shigemasa
  • Shuncho
  • Shundo
  • Shunei
  • Shunjo
  • Shunko
  • Shunman
  • Shunsho
  • Sukenobu
  • Toyokuni I
  • Utamaro
  • Unsigned / Unknown Artist

Series

  • 100 Poems by 100 Poets (Shunsho)
  • Annals of the Green Houses
  • Book of Selected Insects
  • Ehon Butai Ogi: Picture Book of Stage Fans
  • Ehon Momo Chidori
  • The Brocade of Spring [Ehon]
  • Utamakura

Subject

  • Actors & Theater
  • Animals & Fish
  • Architectural
  • Autumn
  • Beauties (bijin-ga)
  • Birds
  • Calligraphy
  • Cats & Dogs
  • Children
  • Comic
  • Flowers & Gardens
  • Genji
  • Ghosts & Demons (yokai)
  • Insects
  • Landscapes
  • Legends & History
  • Manga & Bookplates
  • Moon & Night
  • Mt. Fuji
  • Music & Dance
  • Nature
  • Pastimes
  • Poets & Scholars
  • Portraits
  • Rain
  • Rituals & Beliefs
  • Shunga
  • Spring
  • Still Life
  • Summer
  • Sumo
  • Surimono
  • Tokaido
  • Warriors & Samurai
  • Waterscapes
  • Winter

Period

  • 1600 - 1800 (Early Edo)
  • 1800 - 1868 (Edo)

Medium

  • Ehon
  • Painting
  • Woodblock Print

Size

  • Extra Small (ie. Koban)
  • Small (ie. Chuban)
  • Medium (ie. Oban)
  • Large (ie. Triptych)
  • Extra Large

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Lady Horikawa

Shunsho

Lady Horikawa

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Daini Sanmi, the Lady Katako

Shunsho

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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Kanesuke

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Kanesuke

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The Lady Sagami

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The Lady Sagami

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The Lady Kii

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The Lady Kii

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The Lady Izumi

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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 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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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

Shunsho

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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