Ukiyo-e Prints

By Katherine Anderson

Ukiyo-e

Ukiyo-e is a type of woodblock print that was popular in the 17th - 19th Japan. It usually portrays beautiful women, kabuki and noh actors, or sumo wrestlers. Ukiyo-e was started by a man named Hishikawa Moronobu in the 1630's.

Purpose of Ukiyo-e

Ukiyo-e was just to look at for fun but it also helps us to know the culture of Japan. Ukiyo-e was popular during the Tokugawa Period, when the merchants class was becoming more wealthy and art was easier to buy.

How To Make Ukiyo-e

Ukiyo-e was once a type of painting made with Sumi ink. Later, it became a print. The prints were made by making the drawing in ink, carving it into wood, then using colored ink to make prints.

Ukiyo-e artists

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