Learn about ukiyo-e woodblock! Definition, history, famous artists and prints

What is a “ukiyo-e”? An introduction to Japanese woodblock printing Ukiyo-e  (pronounciation:uː.ˈki.oʊ.ˌeɪ, uːˌkiːjəʊˈeɪ. 浮世絵 in kanji) is essential field in Japanese art . The art never developed without the common people of the Edo Period.   Sponsored Links   It is said that the beginning of the ukiyo-e, the Japanese art of woodblock printings, is the pictures of Kyoto people’s living in late 16th century.     After that, the themes of ukiyoe expanded to popular kabuki actors, beautiful women and landscapes. “ukiyo” (浮世) means contemporary with hedonisitic and fleeting idea, so ukiyo-e translated as picture of floating world.               Sponsored Links             Read more about Learn about ukiyo-e woodblock! Definition, history, famous artists and prints[…]

Tawaraya Sotatsu, Fujin and Raijin

Tawaraya Sotatsu, “The Folding Screen of Fujin and Raijin”

“The Folding Screen of Fujin and Raijin (God of Wind and Thunder)” <a href=”https://www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/1024px-Fujinraijin-tawaraya.jpg” data-elementor-open-lightbox=”default”> <img width=”640″ height=”284″ src=”https://www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/1024px-Fujinraijin-tawaraya-1024×455.jpg” alt=”Tawaraya Sotatsu, Fujin and Raijin” srcset=”https://i0.wp.com/www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/1024px-Fujinraijin-tawaraya.jpg?w=1024&amp;ssl=1 1024w, https://i0.wp.com/www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/1024px-Fujinraijin-tawaraya.jpg?resize=300%2C133&amp;ssl=1 300w, https://i0.wp.com/www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/1024px-Fujinraijin-tawaraya.jpg?resize=768%2C341&amp;ssl=1 768w” sizes=”(max-width: 640px) 100vw, 640px” /> </a> <br /><!– Japacul Link Unit –><br /><ins style=”display: block;” data-ad-client=”ca-pub-2105416879233547″ data-ad-slot=”3145397812″ data-ad-format=”link” data-full-width-responsive=”true”></ins><br /> Tawaraya Sotatsu (?-?) was a painter in the early Edo period. He had a strong influence on Ogata Korin (1658-1716), who created the stream of Rimpa School. The Kano School, including Kano Eitoku(1543-1590), which had the strong relationship with those in power of the warrior class since the Muromachi Period. But he painted a picture for the court nobles and wealthy townspeople. This picture is one Read more about Tawaraya Sotatsu, “The Folding Screen of Fujin and Raijin”[…]

“Famous Views of the Sixty-odd Provinces” ukiyo-e art prints by Utagawa Hiroshige

“Famous Views of the Sixty-odd Provinces”(六十余州名所図会) Utagawa (Ando) Hiroshige (1797-1858) worked on the work of “Famous Views of the Sixty-odd Provinces” in his later life from 1853 to 1856. Unlike “Fifty-Three Stages on the Tokaido“, he used a vertically long screen called Tate-e(立て絵). “One Hundred Famous Views of Edo ” is also the type of Tate-e.   Sponsored Links He completed this series with 69 pictures(68 old Japanese countries and Edo City) and table of contents. The series contains the famous Awa Naruto whirlpool in the part of Minamikaido.   It is said Hiroshige had referred to the work of Katsushika Hokusai‘s The Great Wave off Kanagawa  in drawing this picture. Also, Hokusai painted Mino ‘s Yoro Falls in ”A Read more about “Famous Views of the Sixty-odd Provinces” ukiyo-e art prints by Utagawa Hiroshige[…]

Kitagawa Utamaro’s “Flowers of Edo” bijinga ukiyo-e art prints


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“Flowers of Edo:Girl Ballad Singers”(江戸の花娘浄瑠璃) “Flowers of Edo: Girl Ballad Singers” are works of the later years of <a title=”Kitagawa Utamaro. Expert of beautiful women ukiyo-e” href=”http://www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/paintings/ukiyoe-wood-block-printing/kitagawa-utamaro-expert-beautiful-women-ukiyo-e”>Kitagawa Utamaro (1753?-1806)</a> who was an <a title=”“Ukiyo-e” – Japanese woodblock printings” href=”http://www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/paintings/ukiyoe-wood-block-printing/ukiyoe”>ukiyo-e</a> artist specializing in beautiful women portrait. He painted two girls playing the shamisen (三味線) and sang for joruri (浄瑠璃). Flowers of Edo, Momiji Flowers of Edo, Tsubaki In 1803, a few years after Tsutaya Juzaburo (蔦屋重三郎) who was an important business partner died, he painted these symmetrical beautiful paintings. The publisher was Yamaguchiya Chūuemon  (山口屋忠右衛門). Following year, Utamaro was punished for being charged with crimes of drawing “Picture of Hideyoshi and his Five Wives Viewing Read more about Kitagawa Utamaro’s “Flowers of Edo” bijinga ukiyo-e art prints[…]

“Anthology of Poems: The Love Section” ukiyo-e art prints by Kitagawa Utamaro

“Anthology of Poems: The Love Section”(歌撰恋之部, Kasen koino-bu) <a title=”Kitagawa Utamaro. Expert of beautiful women ukiyo-e” href=”http://www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/paintings/ukiyoe-wood-block-printing/kitagawa-utamaro-expert-beautiful-women-ukiyo-e”><strong>Kitagawa Utamaro</strong> (1753?-1806</a>) who had become one of the most notable artists in the <a title=”“Ukiyo-e” – Japanese woodblock printings” href=”http://www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/paintings/ukiyoe-wood-block-printing/ukiyoe”>ukiyo-e</a> world of beautiful women portrait by acquiring a new painting method, published “Anthology of Poems: The Love Section” around 1793. The title was intended to follow the collections of tanka compiled during the Japanese dynasty era. These collection contain the poems based on themes nature, love affair, and view of life. So, Utamaro’s five woodblock printings are the division of romance among them. Tsutaya Juzaburo who was also the advisor of Utamaro went for publication. Utamaro drew the women in the different love situations and expressed them with just Read more about “Anthology of Poems: The Love Section” ukiyo-e art prints by Kitagawa Utamaro[…]

Utagawa Hiroshige’s prints, “One Hundred Famous Views of Edo” ukiyo-e artworks

The gallery of “One Hundred Famous Views of Edo” In 1853, Utagawa(Ando) Hiroshige began to draw the new series of landscape ukiyo-e. He already held the position of pupular ukiyo-e artist by the succuess of “Fifty-Three Stages on the Tokaido“. His new work was on the theme of sights in various parts of the Edo.           As its name suggests, “One Hundred Famous Views of Edo” consists of more than 100 paintings (and table of contents). And they are divided into four seasons. You could find pictures of the plum garden in the part of Spring, and  Moon Pine in Autumn.     Spring   Summer     Read more about Utagawa Hiroshige’s prints, “One Hundred Famous Views of Edo” ukiyo-e artworks[…]

Kitagawa Utamaro; biography and print artworks

Biography of Kitagawa Utamaro(1753?-1806) When talking about portraying beautiful women of ukiyo-e prints, we can’t describe it without touching on Kitagawa Utamaro (喜多川歌麿). He developed the new ways to draw Edo women and it made him as a maestro of bijinga(printing of beautiful women portrait).         It is unclear when and where he was born exactly but the most experts think his birthplace as Edo(Tokyo). From the beginning, he had the family name Kitagawa but the different kanji “北川”.     He studied the drawing under Toriyama Sekien(鳥山石燕), who produced the famous ukiyo-e artworks of the monsters, in his childhood.    In 1775, he experienced the working of ukiyo-e, “Forty-eight Famous Read more about Kitagawa Utamaro; biography and print artworks[…]

Japanese wave arts “Oceans of Wisdom” by Katsushika Hokusai

The Japanese wave arts of “Oceans of Wisdom “(One Thousand Images of the Sea) After the finish of “<a title=”The print gallery of “Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji” by Hokusai” href=”http://www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/paintings/ukiyoe-wood-block-printing/katsushika-hokusai/thirty-six-views-of-mount-fuji-hokusai”>Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji</a>” (富嶽三十六景), the star <strong>ukiyo-e</strong> artist <a href=”https://www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/paintings/hokusai-life-paintings”><strong>Katsushika Hokusai</strong></a> started the new series of the Japanese wave arts “One Thousand Images of the Sea” (Oceans of Wisdom,千絵の海) in 1833.  He had mainly depicted the combination of the view with Mt.Fuji, the rivers, and the rakes in “Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji”.  Related Post Learn about Katsushika Hokusai’s biography and fact Evolution of Hokusai’s wave paintings <h2>The scenes of fishing men</h2> <p>But the theme of “Oceans of Wisdom” focused on the Read more about Japanese wave arts “Oceans of Wisdom” by Katsushika Hokusai[…]