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Ukiyo-e, "pictures of the floating world"

This is a genre of Japanese woodblock prints (or woodcuts) and paintings produced between the 17th and the 20th centuries.

They feature motifs of landscapes, the theatre and pleasure quarters. It is the main artistic genre of woodblock printing in Japan.

Ukiyo-e can be categorized into two periods: the Edo period, which comprises ukiyo-e from its origins in until about 1867, when the Meiji period began, lasting until 1912.

The Edo period was largely a period of calm that provided an ideal environment for the development of the art in a commercial form; while the Meiji period is characterized by new influences as Japan opened up to the West.


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Tsukioka YOSHITOSHI (1839-1892) woodblock print artist of the Meiji period

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"Moonlight Patrol" - Tsukioka YOSHITOSHI (1839-1892) woodblock print artist of the Meiji period

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Tsukioka YOSHITOSHI (1839-1892) woodblock print artist of the Meiji period

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"Octopus from Namerikawa in Etchu Province" by Utagawa Kuniyoshi

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Kitagawa UTAMARO (1754-1806)

The courtesan Imose of the Yoshiwara House Akatsuta-ya parading with her kamuro. Published by Yamaguchi Tobei, c early 1800’s.

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Tsukioka YOSHITOSHI (1839-1892) woodblock print artist of the Meiji period

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Tsukioka YOSHITOSHI (1839-1892) woodblock print artist of the Meiji period

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The Great Wave Off the Coast of Kanagawa Katsushika Hokusai 1760-1849

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Tsukioka YOSHITOSHI (1839-1892) woodblock print artist of the Meiji period

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Tsukioka YOSHITOSHI (1839-1892) woodblock print artist of the Meiji period

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Tsukioka YOSHITOSHI (1839-1892) woodblock print artist of the Meiji period





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