The subject matters portrayed in ukiyo-e varied widely across a multitude of pleasures and leisures. We've split our ukiyo-e collections into 7 different genres - major areas explored by nearly all ukiyo-e artists within their lifetimes. Read the explanations of each genre and learn more about the art and culture of Japan.
Although famous in their time, many of the artists besides Hokusai, Utamaro and Hiroshige are relatively unknown. This article hops between 10 masters of ukiyo-e who were influential in changing art history, both in Japan and across the sea.
What is ukiyo-e? How were they made? Where did it come from? What did the artists explore? How did the art form develop through history, up to today? This introductory article answers your questions about Japanese prints from the Golden era.