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.
Shimadai (Striped Sea Bream) and Ainame (Rock-Trout)
Incomparable Hidari Jingoro (Master Sculptor)
Abandonment After Sake, Woman of Mercantile House
Miyamoto Musashi Knocking Down Shirakura Dengoemon and His Men with Broken Beam
Minamoto no Tametomo Sinking the Ship with a Single Arrow
Makibashira: Saginoike Heikuro Fighting a Giant Python