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Ukiyo-e - Images from the Floating World

Japan, Edo Period (1600s to 1867)

Ukiyo-e (pronounced oo-kee-oh-ay) was a popular form of printed art in Japan during the Edo period, inexpensive and usually depicting scenes from everyday life.

Ukiyo translates as "the floating world" - an ironic wordplay on the Buddhist name for the earthly plane, "the sorrowful world". Ukiyo was the name given to the lifestyle in Japan's urban centers of this period - the fashions, the entertainments, and the pleasures of the flesh. Ukiyo-e is the art documenting this era.

Ukiyo-e is especially known for its exceptional woodblock prints. After Japan opened trade with the West after 1867, these prints became very well-known and influential in Europea, especially in France. Japonisme influenced such artists as Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Edgar Degas, Vincent van Gogh, Whistler and the graphic artists known as Les Nabis.

The founder of the Ukiyo-e school was the 17th-century artist Hishikawa Moronobu. Among the many famous artists who followed were Ando Hiroshige, Hokusai Katsukika, Kitagawa Utamaro and Toshusai Sharaku.


Chronological Listing of Ukiyo-e Artists
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Hishikawa Moronobu 1618-1694 Japanese Printmaker/Painter
Kiyonobu 1664-1729 Japanese Printmaker
Woman Carrying Bamboo with Charms
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Sukenobu 1671-1751 Japanese Printmaker
Sugimura Jihei 1681-1703 Japanese Printmaker
Okumura Masanobu 1686-1764 Japanese Printmaker
Interior of a kabuki theatre
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Torii Kiyomasu 1697-1722 Japanese Printmaker
Nishimura Shigenaga 1697-1756 Japanese Printmaker
Sawamura Sojuro I and Ichimura Takenojo
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Kaigetsudo Anchi 1700-1716 Japanese Printmaker
Kaigetsudo Dohan 1710-1720 Japanese Printmaker
Harunobu 1724-1770 Japanese Printmaker
A Young Couple Catching Fireflies At Night
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Katsukawa Shunso 1726-1792 Japanese Printmaker
The Wrestler Onogawa Kisaburo
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Hasegawa Mitsunobu 1730-1760 Japanese Printmaker
Torii Kiyomitsu 1735-1785 Japanese Printmaker
The Celebrated Actor Tomedjuro Nakamura
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Utagawa Toyoharu 1735-1814 Japanese Printmaker
Utagawa Toyoharu: Winter Party
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Shigemasa 1739-1820 Japanese Printmaker
Suzuki Harushige 1747-1818 Japanese Printmaker
Kabukido Enkyo 1749-1803 Japanese Printmaker
Portrait of Nakayama Tomisaburo
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Kiyonaga 1752-1815 Japanese Printmaker
Women of the Gay Quarters
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Kitagawa Utamaro 1754-1806 Japanese Printmaker
Yama-Uba and Kintoki
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Chobunsai Eishi 1756-1829 Japanese Printmaker
Seated Woman Reading
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Torii Kiyotsune 1757-1780 Japanese Printmaker
Hokusai Katsushika 1760-1849 Japanese Printmaker
Hokusai Katsushika: Great Wave
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Katsukawa Shun'ei 1762-1819 Japanese Printmaker
A Triptych Of A Wrestling Bout
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Katsukawa Shunsen 1762-1830 Japanese Printmaker
Nakamura, Utaemon, the Actor, as Kato Kiyomasa
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Koryusai 1764-1788 Japanese Printmaker
Two Women
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Kitao Masayoshi 1764-1824 Japanese Printmaker
Toyokuni 1769-1825 Japanese Printmaker
The Actor Ichikawa Yaozo III
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Toshusai Sharaku 1770-1825 Japanese Printmaker
The Actors Nakajima Wadaemon and Nakamura Konozo
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Kunimasa 1773-1810 Japanese Printmaker
The Actor Nakamura Noshio II
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Utagawa Toyokuni II 1777-1835 Japanese Printmaker
Interior of a Theatre
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Totoya Hokkei 1780-1850 Japanese Printmaker
Chinese Courtesan Yang Guifei Meeting Luo Gongyuan
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Shuncho 1780-1795 Japanese Printmaker
Katsukawa Shunzan 1782-1798 Japanese Printmaker
Utagawa Kunisada 1786-1864 Japanese Printmaker
Woman Surrounded by Calligraphy
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Kikugawa Eizan 1787-1867 Japanese Printmaker
The Poet Sei Shonagon as a Courtesan
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Eishosai Choki 1789-1795 Japanese Printmaker
Chokosai Eisho 1790-1799 Japanese Printmaker
A Manservant Clearing The Geta Of A Beauty On A Winters Day
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Ichirakutei Eisui 1790-1823 Japanese Printmaker
Keisai Eisen 1790-1848 Japanese Printmaker
Oiwake Station, A View Of Mount Asama
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Choensai Eishin 1795-1810 Japanese Printmaker
Hanbei Shokosai 1795-1809 Japanese Printmaker
Ando Hiroshige 1797-1858 Japanese Printmaker
Tsubo Plain at Susaki
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Utagawa Kuniyoshi 1797-1861 Japanese Printmaker
Mitsukini Defying the Skeleton Spectre
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Yurakusai Nagahide 1799-1842 Japanese Printmaker
Bunro 1800-1804 Japanese Printmaker
Hirosada 1810-1864 Japanese Printmaker
Utagawa Kunihiro 1815-1843 Japanese Printmaker
Soseki 1822-1877 Japanese Printmaker
Ichieisai Yoshitsuya I 1822-1866 Japanese Printmaker
Yanagawa Shigenobu II 1824-1860 Japanese Printmaker
Hiroshige II 1826-1869 Japanese Printmaker
Hiroshige II: Cherry Blossoms
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Hokuei 1827-1837 Japanese Printmaker
Yoshifuji 1828-1887 Japanese Printmaker
Kunimasu 1834-1852 Japanese Printmaker
Kunichika 1835-1900 Japanese Printmaker
Rakkaken Yoshiyuki 1835-1879 Japanese Printmaker
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi 1839-1892 Japanese Printmaker
Fujiwara No Yasumasa Playing the Flute by Moonlight
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Nakai Yoshitaki 1841-1899 Japanese Printmaker
Fusatane 1849-1870 Japanese Printmaker
One of the Eight Views of Lake Biwa
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Kunikazu 1849-1867 Japanese Printmaker
Utagawa Yoshitora 1850-1880 Japanese Printmaker
Enjaku 1857-1865 Japanese Printmaker
Adachi Ginko 1874-1897 Japanese Printmaker
Heike Monogatari
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Hashiguchi Goyo 1880-1921 Japanese Printmaker
A Young Woman Leaning On A Balcony Railing
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