Engraving Review

Japanese Ukiyo-E Prints - Later Years

Japanese Ukiyo-E Prints

Ukiyo-E art was printed from engraved wood. It showed everyday life in Japan and was often made for decorating the home. In later years, Ukiyo-e often focussed on outdoor scenes

In the 19th century, the Japanese Ukiyo-E artists shifted their focus from people to evocative images of landscapes and outdoor scenes.

The Ukiyo-E prints of the 19th century have a timeless quality. They are deceptively simple looking, but spend a few minutes studying one andyou will be rewarded with subtle details and hints of emotions.

The Ukiyo-E prints made in this era were great influences on 20th century European art. In my opinion, they encouraged a move away from the rather flowery Victorian style of art, to cleaner, simpler and bolder art such as that found in the work of Toulouse Lautrec.

Ukiyo-E of the 19th Century
Ukiyo-e engraving by Hokusai - The Wave
In the Hollow of a Wave off the Coast at Kanagawa
By Hokusai(1760-1849)
Japanese Ukiyo-E Art
Ukiyo-e engraving by Hiroshigi - Fuji View
Fuji View
By Hiroshigi (1797-1858)
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