Ukiyo-e: Decorative & Bold Patterns

Ukiyo-e (浮世絵) is a genre of Japanese woodblock prints (or woodcuts) and paintings produced between the 17th and the 20th centuries, featuring motifs of landscapes, tales from history, the theatre, and pleasure quarters. It is the main artistic genre of woodblock printing in Japan.

Usually the word ukiyo is literally translated as "floating world" in English, referring to a conception of an evanescent world, impermanent, fleeting beauty and a realm of entertainments (kabuki, courtesans, geisha) divorced from the responsibilities of the mundane, everyday world; "pictures of the floating world", i.e. ukiyo-e, are considered a genre unto themselves. [1]



Katsushika Hokusai



Katsushika Hokusai



Utagawa Kuniyoshi




Utagawa Kuniyasu




Kitagawa Utamaro



Utagawa Kuniyoshi



Utagawa Hiroshige




Tsukioka Yoshitoshi



Tsukioka Yoshitoshi