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[…]

Ukiyo-e artist Katsushika Hokusai:biography, facts, and artworks

Katsushika Hokusai who created the famous great wave painting Katsushika Hokusai must be the most famous Japanese woodblock printing (ukiyo-e) artist around the world. How to pronounce “Katsushika Hokusai”   His art works of images including The Great Off Kanagawa (The Great Wave) and other prints of “Thirty-Six Views of Mount. Fuji” influenced Western artists Vincent van Gogh, Edgar Degas and Henri Rivière.           His printmaking works still have inspired the artists and the creators. In 1960, celebrating his 200th birth anniversary, he was honored as the cultural master in the world.(learn about Japanese painting by the early modern)           In 1760, Katsushika Hokusai was born in Honjo, Edo. Read more about Ukiyo-e artist Katsushika Hokusai:biography, facts, and artworks[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

Utagawa Kunisada(the third Toyokuni), his biography and woodblock prints

The biography and woodblock prints of Utagawa Kunisada(1786-1865) Utagawa Kunisada(歌川国貞) was the one of the most popular ukiyo-e artists at the end of the Tokugawa period as well as Utagawa Kuniyoshi(歌川国芳), among the disciples of the first Toyokuni(豊国). In contrast to his younger disciple, he was a serious person and always neatly dressed.   Sponsored Links       [/su_animate]         Back to the page of ukiyo-e

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[…]

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

“Anthology of Poems: The Love Section”(歌撰恋之部, Kasen koino-bu) Kitagawa Utamaro (1753?-1806) who had become one of the most notable artists in the ukiyo-e 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 a picture.   Before to see the English titles and description, please Read more about “Anthology of Poems: The Love Section” ukiyo-e art print by Kitagawa Utamaro[…]