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.
The Husband's Beloved Red Hat, Shaking Like the Ghost of the Potato Jelly
Oxen Prefer the Company of Oxen, Botange Shohaku, The Lovers of the Tanabata Festival, Sugawara Michizane and Kodomaru
Even Pigeons Roost at Different Heights According to Seniority; Even Crows Show Filial Piety When the Young Feed Their Parents
Flowers Sprouting from Dried Beans, Getting a Headache from Worrying about Your Neighbor's Digestion
Hateful Things Are Feared by the World, A Crow Imitating a Cormorant
A Day Late for the Festival: No Curse from the God You Don't Touch