Jim Breen's Ukiyo-E Gallery
Welcome to my (not very quickly) growing library of Ukiyo-E images and
Last updated: 15 February 2010
(Please note that I do not buy or sell
ukiyo-e or any other Japanese art, nor do I appraise Japanese prints. I
am totally ignorant about art dealers in the US.
Also, while I'd like to help
people identify artists of works, it usually takes a lot of time, and I am
afraid I have none to spare. Please try elsewhere. I cannot advise you who to
approach, as I simply do not know anyone outside my own city. If you live
near a large gallery, you may get some useful advice from a curator. Also a
knowledgeable art dealer may be of help, but don't expect too much free
advice. There are many many books available.
Emailed requests about any of the above will usually be ignored.)
You may be interested in my short manifesto on copyright and copying.
Displays in My Gallery
If you want the complete files to display, you can click on the small
versions. You can then save the images from within xv or whatever
external viewer you use.
The following artists are represented in my gallery:
You might like to see a page of 5 Hokusai prints I set up using the
pictures on which Carey Blighton's flute solo After Hokusai is based.
An interesting book is the
of Ukiyo-ye, the school of the Japanese colour-print artists, printed in
Something different. Brian Chandler has some
jigsaw puzzles among others on his site.
My List Of Other WWW Galleries.
First is Hans Olof's link collection, which is by far the best
maintained of the WWW-based connections. If you visit just one site, this is it.
Other excellent WWW collections, many of which include Ukiyoe, are:
- the database of Ukiyoe Caricatures
1842-1905 at the University of Vienna.
- the Hiroshige
Posters site has many prints and posters on display, as well as other
Hiroshige information. Acts as a front-end for sales of posters via
- The Art of Japan is an
online art dealership with many fine images of works in its catalogue.
- the Edo Prints Gallery in
New York. A lot of prints on sale; all viewable online with good
- the Baiten.de site combines an
on-line gallery with articles about prints, a small database of seals,
etc. You need to be able to read German to get the full value. It
has a small stock of prints on display and for sale: go the the Shop link
and click on Gesamtpreisliste.
- the Ukiyoe-Gallery.com
site has a large on-line gallery, with a particularly good coverage of
Shin Hanga. It also has a Library collection
which has extensive information and links on Ukiyoe, printing,
- in London we find Japan Print
Gallery, which has an excellent collection of prints on sale, and
some extremely good scans in their catalogue.
- the Artelino
WWW auction site, which has an excellent set of articles on Ukiyoe
- the Japanese Woodblock Print
auction house. A lot of interesting displays, and very good for browsing
around and seeing what is on offer and the prices that are being
- The Hokusai
Museum in Obuse has a small collection of well-annotated images,
plus a lot of other useful information.
- The Ronin Gallery has
an excellent page with a lot of useful leads and other information.
- The Tokugawa Gallery is
well worth a visit. It has many prints on display, including a complete
vertical set of Hiroshige's Toukaidou.
- the UCLA
Hammer Museum has an online collection of Japanese prints.
- The Huys den Esch Gallery
in the Netherlands specializes in Japanese prints. Some excellent scans
are available from their pages.
- The Akitsu Gallery, a commercial
gallery a number of images on display, along with ordering information.
- The Ibasen Ukiyo-e Gallery page. Another commercial gallery, but it
has interesting small images of works on sale, including their prices.
- The display of Japanese Art and
Architecture at the WebMuseum, Paris.
- The Castle Fine Arts Gallery
specializes in Japanese art, and has a fine online display.
- The Nagoya Broadcasting Network Museum Home Page,
which leads to their Gallery (which has rotating exhibitions, some of
which are Ukiyoe). Or go straight to the Edo Trip. An outstanding
site, lots of pictures and information.
Johnson's Ukiyo-e Collection, which has some excellent Kabuki
scenes, among others.
- Charles Goodwin's page on Yoshitoshi,
that truly strange late master of ukiyoe.
World, which includes a wealth of material,
including some superb Sharaku prints.
- John Boyd's
Ukiyoe Page, which has some introductory texts, well annotated copies
of much-travelled Hokusai & Utamaro images, and links to other sites.
- The Japan Ukiyo-e Museum, Matsumoto - exhibits from the Sakai collection
- Jamie Marconi: Ukiyo-e
- The ETC
Web Museum which has an excellent ukiyo-e collection
- A Selection from the Tobacco & Salt
Museum(!), which includes several excellent prints by Utamaro and
Hiroshige (text in Japanese).
- A Selection of actor prints by
the Taisho/Showa artist Shunsen, taken from the Kushigata Shunsen Museum
of Art. (text in Japanese)
- Keep an eye on the Centro Studi
d'Arte Estremo-Orientale, which has a print collection, and does
occasional exhibitions. (This page is in Italian.)
- Hotei Publishing has
some books on Ukiyoe and calendars featuring prints.
- Eric Fandrich's eCard site has the facility to send cards based on
- the online commercial gallery JapanARTya has many reproductions
of Ukiyoe for sale.
Visit a Printmaker
David Bull is a
woodblock printmaker, who has prepared a fascinating WWW site explaining
his art. He is preparing a major reproduction of Shunsho's famous
100-print "Hyaku-nin Isshu". Well worth a visit.
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