Woodblock Prints

 

Woodblock prints became popular in Japanese culture during the Edo Period of the late 1600s. Common themes of prints involved glimpses into city life, entertainment, and later, landscapes. Landscape-themed woodblock prints in particular are well-known around the world due to artists such as Hiroshige with his The Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido and Hokusai with his Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji. After the influx of western influence during the Meiji Restoration in the mid-1800s, photography overtook woodblock prints in popularity. However, a small group of artists determined to preserve Japanese tradition brought back woodblock prints with new themes in the 20th century, notably Watanabe Shozaburo.

 

To see our selection of more modern woodblock prints by artists Namiki and Kato, please click the link below.

 

 

Woodblock Print Gallery