We're excited to release our inaugural collection of Japanese woodblock prints or Ukiyo-e prints. Carefully selected in Japan by our director Howard, this small but beautifully curated collection of 11 woodblock prints includes ukiyo-e styles such as kacho-e (bird and flower prints), bijin-ga (beauty prints) and musha-e (warrior prints).
All of the woodblocks are from the 19th century, a time when the tradition of ukiyo-e was at its highest standard, not to mention increasingly in demand from the general public. Each of the artists represented in this collection were not only well known in their own lifetimes but also incredibly commercially successful, especially Toyokuni III, whose contemporary stature rivalled that of Katsushika Hokusai, a vanguard of Japanese woodblock printing and Japanese art in general. Today, these artists are all represented in various internationally celebrated collections such as the Tokyo National Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Rijksmuseum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, The British Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.