Ancient Woodblock Prints Reveal A Different World

Beautiful Ukiyo-e art from the Edo period.

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Ancient Woodblock Prints Reveal A Different World

During the 18th and 19th century, Japan was ruled from ancient Edo, which is now modern Tokyo. During that era, an art form emerged, known as Ukiyo-e . It was one of the first forms of mass produced art in Japan as Ukiyo-e was carved into wooden blocks and could be printed over and over again.

The best Ukiyo-e artists emerged during this time, and their subjects included scenes of nature, portraits of famous geishas, and characters from Japanese folklore, among others. Here are some of the great woodblock print masterpieces of that time:


The Great Wave at Kanagawa

by Katsushika Hokusai

via The Culture Trip


Back View of Mount Fuji from Dream Mountain of the Kai Province

by Hiroshige














via Wikimedia Commons


Geisha and Servant Carrying Her Koto

by Shigemasa

via Wikipedia


Three Beauties of the Present Day

by Utamaro

via Wikipedia


Dawn at Futagami ga Ura

by Kunisada

via Wikipedia


Shibai Ukie (depicting a Kabuki Theater)

by Masanobu Okumura

via Wikipedia


Princess Takiyasha the Witch and the Skeleton Spectre

by Kuniyoshi

via Wikipedia

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