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.
Lifelike Dolls in the Inner Temple at Asakusa
Uncut sheet of "Tiger and Full Moon" and "Bird on Branch"
The Kinuta Jewel River in Settsu Province
Kurou-kanja Iyonokami Minamoto no Yoshitsune
Poem by Onakatomi no Yoshinobu Ason
Togetsu Bridge at Arashiyama in Yamashiro Province
Genji no Tsuna Finding Kintoki at Mount Ashigara
Actor Onoe Kikugoro III Reclining in a Boat on the Sumida River