All ’53 Stages on the Tokaido’ art prints by Utagawa Hiroshige is here

The masterpiece arts of Utagawa Hiroshige, “Fifty-Three Stages on the Tokaido”   Utagawa (Ando) Hiroshige led the field of landscape printing in ukiyo-e. Especially, “Fifty-Three Stages on the Tokaido” is one of the most highly regarded woodblock printings series in Japanese art.                       When he started to draw the paintings around 1833, “Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji” , by the most famous ukiyo-e artist Katsushika Hokusai, depicted the Japanese symbolic mountain was had dominated ukiyo-e market.   Thanks in partly to the popularity of the landscape printings, “Fifty-Three Stages on the Tokaido” really rang the bell and he became the sought-after artist in Edo Period.   Read more about All ’53 Stages on the Tokaido’ art prints by Utagawa Hiroshige is here[…]

Kitagawa Utamaro’s art woodblcok prints of Okita

Naniwa-ya Okita(難波屋おきた), one of the most famous model of Utamaro’s woodblock prints Among the ukiyo-e artists in Japan, Kitagawa Utamaro was second to none in beautiful woman portrait(bijinga). He painted various pictures of middle class women in Edo, but especially Naniwa-ya Okita appeared in many works.  But originally she was only a town girl.           Okita also became the kanban-musume for Naniwa-ya. And Utamaro drew her woodblock print for the first time in 1793 when she was 16 years old. Most of the girls didn’t wait on the customers but she did as the pictures show her appearance of bringing the green tea.      She was so charming and did good service. In Read more about Kitagawa Utamaro’s art woodblcok prints of Okita[…]

Kawase Hasui:biography, woodblock prints artworks and for sale

Kawase Hasui(1883-1957) Kawase Hasui(川瀬巴水)  was a modern Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock print(shin-hanga) artist who played an active part in the early 1900s and the middle. Unfortunately, comparing to Katushika Hokusai and Utagawa Hiroshige, he has not been so well-known in Japan. But he left 467 works of woodcut prints and received high praise from the other countries.       Kawase Bunjiro(川瀬文治郎) was born in Shiba, Tokyo in 1883 and had a real name of Bunjiro. At the age of 14, he had been taught a Japanese painting by Aoyagi Bokusen(青柳墨川), a disciple of Kawabata Gyokusho(川端玉章), then Araki Kanyu(荒木寛友).   However, at that time, opposed by his parents, he stopped studying pictures in one or two years. After that, Bunjiro helped the Read more about Kawase Hasui:biography, woodblock prints artworks and for sale[…]

“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

“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 Kitagawa Utamaro(1753?-1806) who was an ukiyo-e artist specializing in beautiful women portrait.     He painted two girls playing the shamisen(三味線) and sang for joruri(浄瑠璃).           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 the Cherry-blossom at Higashiyama” from the shogunate. After finishing the term of imprisonment, he almost became a lifeless shell. Read more about Kitagawa Utamaro’s “Flowers of Edo” bijinga ukiyo-e art prints[…]

Utagawa Hiroshige’s snowy winter scenes ukiyo-e art woodblock prints

The collection of the snowy landscape of Hiroshige’s ukiyo-e Even among the many ukiyo-e artists, Utagawa Hiroshige was particularly good at landscape paintings. The snowy scene that he drew expresses a distinctive quietly.         I would like to introduce 14 works of Hiroshige’s winter landscapes including Kambara, the snow in the night in “Fifty-Three Stages on the Tokaido“.         Mystery of ‘Kambara, the snow in the night’     Kambara is located in Shizuoka prefecture and Kameyama is in Mie prefecture. Hiroshige visited Kambara in the summer, that the land is mild and has almost no snowfall. It is considered one of the mysteries of “Fifty-Three Stages Read more about Utagawa Hiroshige’s snowy winter scenes ukiyo-e art woodblock prints[…]

The ukiyo-e museums in Tokyo.

Art museums exhibiting Japanese wood prints in Tokyo There are about 1100 museums in Japan, but not many places to do a permanent exhibition of ukiyo-e. Meanwhile, some individual or public museums in Tokyo constantly exhibit ukiyo-e.     This museum has about 14,000 ukiyo-e prints such as Katsushika Hokusai, Kitagawa Utamaro, Utagawa Hiroshige, including about 12,000 pieces collected by Ota Kiyohura. This museum exhibits about 80 of them as they are changed every month. You take off your shoes at the entrance like a Japanese house and enter.   Adress:1-10-10 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo Hours:10: 30 ~ 17: 30 Phone:03-5777-8600 Closed: Monday (next day in the case of holiday), changing exhibition period, year-end and Read more about The ukiyo-e museums in Tokyo.[…]

Utagawa Kuniyoshi:biography, ukiyo-e prints of samurai and other artworks

Utagawa Kuniyoshi(1797-1861) Utagawa Kuniyoshi (歌川国芳) was one of the ukiyo-e artists who worked extensively as a member of Utagawa School, along with Hiroshige (広重) and Kunisada (国貞).    He established a unique world not found in other ukiyo-e artists. His talent of paint could be compared to Katsushika Hokusai(葛飾北斎). And thorough the life, he was a totally opposite person to Kunisada.      Kuniyoshi was born as a son of a dyeing shop in Nihonbashi, Edo. He was interested in painting from his young age and used to practice paintings as imitating the artworks of Kitao Shigemasa(北尾重政) and Kitao Masayoshi(北尾政美).    When he was 15, he became a disciple of the first Utagawa Toyokuni(初代歌川豊国). However, unlike Kunisada, as a typical Read more about Utagawa Kuniyoshi:biography, ukiyo-e prints of samurai and other artworks[…]

Artist Toshusai Sharaku’s kabuki ukiyo-e art print and reprints for sale

Toshusai Sharaku(東洲斎写楽) It was only ten months between 1794 and 1795 that Toshusai Sharaku worked as an ukiyo-e painter. But in the meantime, he has left over 140 kabuki actor portraits.   Mysterious ukiyo-e artist Although many people made various theories who Sharaku was, no one can’t find any definitive proof. Only limited people, such as the publisher Tsutaya Juzaburo (蔦屋重三郎)  who also published the pictures of Kitagawa Utamaro and Katsushika Hokusai knew the identity.   Except for some of the sumo wrestlers, most of his paintings were Yakusha-e(pictures depicting popular kabuki actors).    Especially the painting using the same method as Utamaro’s beautiful women portrait ookubi-e(大首絵) had the power to overwhelm the others. Toshusai Sharaku drew the Read more about Artist Toshusai Sharaku’s kabuki ukiyo-e art print and reprints for sale[…]

Kitagawa Utamaro, “Twelve Hours of the Green Houses ” woodblock prints

The series of “Twelve Hours of the Green Houses “(『青楼十二時』, Seiro juniji) Kitagawa Utamaro (1753?-1806) had won overwhelming popularity by using drawing method called Tajika for beatiful women portrait artworks including “Anthology of love”, “Ten Learned Studies of Women “, and Famous Beauties of Edo”.    In the mid-1790s, he departed from the techniques that a large image of the upper body of a woman, he drew again creating a picture of a whole figure with “Twelve Hours of the Green Houses ” .   In this work he expressed the courtesans of the Yoshiwara (a red‐light district in Edo Period) for each time of  Japanese former style. The series is made up of 12 pictures, we Read more about Kitagawa Utamaro, “Twelve Hours of the Green Houses ” woodblock prints[…]