Japanese Woodblock Prints (1800 - 1868)

By the 19th century, Japanese woodblock prints achieved extraordinary popularity. While the shogunate issued a battery of censorship reforms throughout the 1800s, artists ignored and evaded restrictions with images of indulgent beauties and vibrant kabuki actors. As constraints tightened in the 1840s, bijin-ga (pictures of beautiful women) became earthier in prints by Eizan and Eisen, while kabuki actors persevered in the work of Kunisada (aka Toyokuni III). During this period, ukiyo-e artists also added landscapes, warriors, ghosts and scenes of everyday life to their oeuvre. Artists such as Hokusai and Hiroshige indulged a national wanderlust through Meisho-e or “famous place pictures,” while Kuniyoshi championed musha-e, a genre of warrior and legendary pictures.

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  • Eisen
  • Hiroshige
  • Hiroshige II
  • Hokusai
  • Kunisada
  • Kunisada II (aka Kunimasa III, Toyokuni IV)
  • Kuniteru
  • Kuniyoshi
  • Sadahide
  • Sori III
  • Toshikata
  • Toyokuni III
  • Utamaro
  • Unsigned / Unknown Artist

Subject

  • Surimono
  • Waterfalls and Rapids

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