about the art
Ukiyo-e is a genre of Japanese art that developed during the Edo Period (1603–1868). I'm no historian, so here are links to material from The Metropolitian Museum: Art of the Pleasure Quarters and the Ukiyo-e Style, Art of the Edo Period (1615–1868), Woodblock Prints in the Ukiyo-e Style.
Speaking of the Met, all the images and data used on this website came from their collection. These prints are just a small percentage the material they've made available as part of their Open Access program.
Half a day into this project I discovered an excellent Ukiyo-e search already exists at ukiyo-e.org. There are way more more prints in that database, plus reverse image search. Basically, its superior in every way except it lacks a pretty background.
If you're curious about the contemporary state of the art, Adachi Hanga has some cool stuff on their instagram.
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