Buddhism and Ukiyo-e

Buddhism and Ukiyo-e View Works

During the Edo period (1603-1868), the woodblock print transitioned from a principally Buddhist practice to the popular artistic world of ukiyo-e. Ukiyo-e Japanese woodblock prints, or "pictures of the floating world," celebrated the pleasure-driven spirit of Edo's merchant class. Buddhist subject ukiyo-e prints are rare. Yet, the term itself bears a Buddhist origin, referring to the transient and troubled nature of human life. Overtly Buddhist subject matter declined during this time in favor of famous courtesans and kabuki actors. Browse this collection of Buddhist art for sale and immerse yourself in Edo’s floating world.

Artists for this exhibition

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Yoshitoshi (1839-1892)
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Gekko (1859-1920)
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Hokusai (1760-1849)
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Kunichika (1835-1900)
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Kuniyoshi (1797-1861)
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Masanobu (c. 1686-1764)
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Toyokuni III (AKA Kunisada, 1786-1864)
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Kunihisa (1832-1891)
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