August 2022

What is Ukioy-e?

Ukiyo-e (literally “pictures of the floating world”) is the name given to paintings and prints primarily depicting the transitory world of the licensed pleasure quarters (Yoshiwara), the theater and pleasure quarters of Edo, present-day Tokyo, Japan. It is a composite term of uki(floating), yo (world), and e (pictures). Originally, ukiyo was a Buddhist term to express the impermanence of human life. During the Edo Period (1615–1868), however, ukiyo came …

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Museum Japanese Woodblock Prints

Kikagawa Utamaro
MUSEUM COLLECTIONS OF UKIYO-E PRINTS AND PAINTINGS British Museum: Chester Beatty Library: Corfu Museum of Asian Art:,-takis-efstathiou-collection/ Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco:  Achenbach Graphics Arts Council – Fitzwilliam Museum: Hokusai Museum: Honolulu Museum of Art: Japan Museum Sieboldhuis: Japan Ukiyo-e Museum: Metropolitan Museum of Art: …

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Selected Japanese Woodblock Print References

hokusai fuji
Here you will find selected citations of Japanese woodblock print books and Japanese art volumes: Asano, Shugo and Clark, Timothy, The Passionate Art of Kitagawa Utamaro, Asahi Shimbun, 1995 Bing, Siegfried:  Artistic Japan, 1890 Forrer, Matthi and Goncourt, Edmond de, Hokusai, Rizzoli International Publications, 1988 Gentles, Margarent O., The Clarence Buckingham Collection of Japanese Prints, Volume 2 …

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