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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  • Kuniyoshi


  • 100 Famous Views of Edo
  • 100 Poems by 100 Poets (Kuniyoshi)
  • 100 Views of the Moon
  • 36 Views of Mt. Fuji (Hiroshige)
  • 53 Stations of the Tokaido (Eisen)
  • 53 Stations of the Tokaido (Hokusai)
  • 53 Stations of the Tokaido (Kuniyoshi)
  • 69 Stations of the Kisokaido
  • Daily Practice of the Tea Ceremony
  • Mountains upon Mountains
  • Ogura 100 Poems by 100 Poets
  • Shadow Pictures of a Benevolent Reign
  • The 53 Stations by Two Brushes
  • Ukiyo-e Parallels for the Tale of Genji


  • Animals & Fish
  • Beauties (bijin-ga)
  • Ghosts & Demons (yokai)
  • Legends & History
  • Rain
  • Rituals & Beliefs
  • Tokaido
  • Warriors & Samurai
  • Waterscapes


  • 1800 - 1868 (Edo)


  • Woodblock Print


  • Medium (ie. Oban)