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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Yamauba and Kintaro

Utamaro

Yamauba and Kintaro

JP-111040

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Under the Mosquito Net

Eiri

Under the Mosquito Net

JPR-92102

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Courtesans Hotomoto and Mototsue from Daimonjiya

Utamaro

Courtesans Hotomoto and Mototsue from Daimonjiya

JP-110982

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Preface for Ehon Mushi Erabi

Utamaro

Preface for Ehon Mushi Erabi

JPR-100907

$480.00
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Overnight Guest

Utamaro

Overnight Guest

JP6116

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Tree Cricket and Firefly

Utamaro

Tree Cricket and Firefly

JPR-100431

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Evening Cicada and Spider

Utamaro

Evening Cicada and Spider

JPR-100433

$2,600.00
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Katydid and Centipede

Utamaro

Katydid and Centipede

JPR-100429

$3,400.00
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Mole Cricket and Earwig

Utamaro

Mole Cricket and Earwig

JPR-100427

$2,400.00
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Yaso Festival (Yaso no zu)

Utamaro

Yaso Festival (Yaso no zu)

JP6110

$480.00
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Adding the Colors to the Painting (Shoho haritsuke saiko zu)

Utamaro

Adding the Colors to the Painting (Shoho haritsuke saiko zu)

JP6126

$3,200.00
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Lantern Festival (Toro no zu)

Utamaro

Lantern Festival (Toro no zu)

JP6122

$1,400.00
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Moonlit Night in Mid-Autumn (Ryoya no zu)

Utamaro

Moonlit Night in Mid-Autumn (Ryoya no zu)

JP6120

$900.00
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Secret Flower Viewing (Naisho hanamino zu)

Utamaro

Secret Flower Viewing (Naisho hanamino zu)

JP6113

$1,200.00
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Delivery of New Year Gifts in Naka-no-cho (Naka-no-cho Nenrei no zu)

Utamaro

Delivery of New Year Gifts in Naka-no-cho (Naka-no-cho Nenrei no zu)

JP6111

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First Meeting (Shokai no zu)

Utamaro

First Meeting (Shokai no zu)

JP6036

$1,100.00
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Niwaka Festival (Niwaka no zu)

Utamaro

Niwaka Festival (Niwaka no zu)

JP6115

$1,700.00
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Shiratsuyu of the Wakanaya, Kamuro Isoji and Isono

Utamaro

Shiratsuyu of the Wakanaya, Kamuro Isoji and Isono

JP2581

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The Music Lesson

Utamaro

The Music Lesson

JP5873

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Courtesan Usumizu from Tsuruya

Utamaro

Courtesan Usumizu from Tsuruya

JP1-51504

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Courtesan Hisui from Ogiya

Utamaro

Courtesan Hisui from Ogiya

JP1-20972

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Courtesan Tsuji from Echizenya and Kamiya no Kiku

Utamaro

Courtesan Tsuji from Echizenya and Kamiya no Kiku

JPR1-57834

$18,000.00
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Parting the Next Morning (Kocho kinuginu no zu)

Utamaro

Parting the Next Morning (Kocho kinuginu no zu)

JP6118

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Debut of Geisha (Geisha hirome no zu)

Utamaro

Debut of Geisha (Geisha hirome no zu)

JP6117

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