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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Artist

  • Hiroshige

Series

  • Famous Bridges in Various Provinces
  • 100 Famous Views in the Various Provinces
  • 100 Famous Views of Edo
  • 100 Poems Explained by the Nurse
  • 100 Views of Mt. Fuji
  • Famous Views of 60-Odd Provinces
  • Hokusai Manga
  • Toto Meisho

Subject

  • Animals & Fish
  • Architectural
  • Autumn
  • Beauties (bijin-ga)
  • Birds
  • Bridges
  • Cats & Dogs
  • Flowers & Gardens
  • Landscapes
  • Legends & History
  • Moon & Night
  • Music & Dance
  • Nature
  • Rain
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Waterfalls and Rapids
  • Waterscapes
  • Winter

Period

  • 1800 - 1868 (Edo)

Medium

  • Woodblock Print

Size

  • Medium (ie. Oban)