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 & Toyokuni III
  • Hiroshige II
  • Hokusai
  • Kunisada II (aka Kunimasa III, Toyokuni IV)
  • Kuniyoshi
  • Toyokuni I
  • Toyokuni III


  • Actors & Theater
  • Animals & Fish
  • Autumn
  • Beauties (bijin-ga)
  • Bridges
  • Children
  • Ghosts & Demons (yokai)
  • Legends & History
  • Portraits
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Surimono
  • Warriors & Samurai
  • Winter


  • 1800 - 1868 (Edo)


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Cooling Off at Ryogoku in Edo

Toyokuni I

Cooling Off at Ryogoku in Edo


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