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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Good Times

Moronobu

Good Times

JP2170

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Samurai Lover

Masanobu

Samurai Lover

JP2168

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Tsuriage (hanging)

Moronobu

Tsuriage (hanging)

JP-98291

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The Sound of Insects

Koryusai

The Sound of Insects

JP2014

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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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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

$260.00
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The Tease

Koryusai

The Tease

JP5494

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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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I Agree, Let's Do It.

Sukenobu

I Agree, Let's Do It.

JP-110976

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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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