Japanese Woodblock Print

Celebrated for their expressive and organic qualities of woodcut and distinctive aesthetic, Japanese woodblock print represents the spirit of ukiyo-e, or “pictures of the floating world,” a genre capturing the ephemeral pleasures of everyday life, popular in Japan during the Edo period (1603 – 1868). The carefully curated collection of the 17th-19th century original Japanese print for sale on Bidsquare antique auctions features an extensive selection of prints and includes works by Katsushika Hokusai, Utagawa Hiroshige, Andō Hiroshige, Kitagawa Utamaro, Kikugawa Eizan, and other masters of the Japanese art

Using vivid colors and bold lines, these highly collectible, and beautiful prints depicted the transitory world of seductive courtesans and the beautiful Kabuki actors of the urban pleasure districts. With time, this highly populist art expanded to include the enjoyment of the natural world and dramatic historical events. 

History of Antique Japanese Woodblock Print     

While the Buddhist term ukiyo expressed the melancholy transience of life, the concept gradually shifted its reference to the world of sensual and hedonistic pleasures during the 17th century.  Initially, the woodblock printing process began with simple black and white prints with occasional hand tint to reproduce hand-painted scrolls and screens of everyday life. But by the mid 19th century, the talent and innovation of Japanese artists, and innovations in printers’ art led to the creation of color print art of breathtaking beauty and technical merit. Woodblock printing continued as a preferred and popular method of practice in the ukiyo-e genre for decades.  Artists like Andō Hiroshige, Kitagawa Utamaro, and Katsushika Hokusai are in the pantheon of Japanese masters who helped elevate the style to world-class works of art today.

These highly collectible, and beautiful Japanese woodblock prints for Sale have attracted collectors and bidders alike, and have delivered consistently impressive sales results on Bidsquare online auction

Quick Facts about Japanese Woodblock Print

  • In the Well of the Great Wave off Kanagawa by Katsushika Hokusai is probably the best known Japanese work of art to set a world auction record for a Japanese woodblock print. 
  • During the 19th century, Japanese woodblock prints also became popular in Europe, trending as “Japonisme”, and have inspired many famous artists such as Van Gogh, Monet, Henri Toulouse-Lautre, and Whistler.
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  • 2 20th c. Japanese woodblock prints
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    $150 - $250

    2 20th c. Japanese woodblock prints

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    $150 - $250
    Rachel Davis Fine Arts
    2 Bids
    Current Bid
    $110
  • Two Framed Japanese Woodblock Prints
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    $200 - $400

    Two Framed Japanese Woodblock Prints

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    $200 - $400
    Brunk Auctions
    1 Bid
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    $100
  • Hasui Kawase (Japanese, 1883-1957) woodblock
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    $300 - $600

    Hasui Kawase (Japanese, 1883-1957) woodblock

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    $300 - $600
    Rachel Davis Fine Arts
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    $200
  • Hasui Kawase (Japanese, 1883-1957) woodblock
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    $400 - $700

    Hasui Kawase (Japanese, 1883-1957) woodblock

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    $400 - $700
    Rachel Davis Fine Arts
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    $200
  • Hasui Kawase (Japanese, 1883-1957) woodblock
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    $600 - $800

    Hasui Kawase (Japanese, 1883-1957) woodblock

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    $600 - $800
    Rachel Davis Fine Arts
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    $300
  • 2 Sachiko Furui (Japanese 20th/ 21st c.) woodcuts
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    $200 - $400

    2 Sachiko Furui (Japanese 20th/ 21st c.) woodcuts

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    $200 - $400
    Rachel Davis Fine Arts
    1 Bid
    Current Bid
    $120
  • Sozan Ito
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    $300 - $500

    Sozan Ito

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    $300 - $500
    Brunk Auctions
    2 Bids
    Current Bid
    $200
  • Japanese Woodblock Print
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    $400 - $800

    Japanese Woodblock Print

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    $400 - $800
    Sarasota Estate Auction
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    $200
  • Hiroshige, Japanese Woodblock Print
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    $200 - $400

    Hiroshige, Japanese Woodblock Print

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    $200 - $400
    Sarasota Estate Auction
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    $100
  • Yoshiharu Kimura Woodblock Print Owl 1985
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    $150 - $300

    Yoshiharu Kimura Woodblock Print Owl 1985

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    $150 - $300
    Concept Gallery
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    $80
  • Ishikawa Toyonobu (1711-1785) Japanese, Woodblock
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    $100 - $200

    Ishikawa Toyonobu (1711-1785) Japanese, Woodblock

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    $100 - $200
    Sarasota Estate Auction
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    $50
  • Kitagawa Utamaro (1753?-1806) Japanese, Woodblock
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    $100 - $200

    Kitagawa Utamaro (1753?-1806) Japanese, Woodblock

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    $100 - $200
    Sarasota Estate Auction
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    $50
  • Hashiguchi Goyo Japanese Block Print Long Robe
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    $400 - $600

    Hashiguchi Goyo Japanese Block Print Long Robe

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    $400 - $600
    Willow Auction House
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    $200
  • Toyohara Kunichika (1835-1900) Japanese, Woodblock
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    $100 - $200

    Toyohara Kunichika (1835-1900) Japanese, Woodblock

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    $100 - $200
    Sarasota Estate Auction
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    $50
  • Clifton Karhu color woodblock Kyomeisho-Yase 1976
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    $300 - $500

    Clifton Karhu color woodblock Kyomeisho-Yase 1976

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    $300 - $500
    Concept Gallery
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    $225
  • Clifton Karhu color woodblock Edogawa 1985
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    $450 - $800

    Clifton Karhu color woodblock Edogawa 1985

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    $450 - $800
    Concept Gallery
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    $350
  • Clifton Karhu color woodblock Karuma Garden 1987
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    $450 - $800

    Clifton Karhu color woodblock Karuma Garden 1987

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    $450 - $800
    Concept Gallery
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    $350
  • Clifton Karhu color woodblock Maruyama Sawami 1985
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    $600 - $900

    Clifton Karhu color woodblock Maruyama Sawami 1985

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    $600 - $900
    Concept Gallery
    0 Bids
    Starting Bid
    $500
  • Sadao Watanabe 1972 stencil print Christ with Cross
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    $300 - $600

    Sadao Watanabe 1972 stencil print Christ with Cross

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    $300 - $600
    Concept Gallery
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    $225
  • Sadao Watanabe 1972 stencil print The Last Supper
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    $400 - $800

    Sadao Watanabe 1972 stencil print The Last Supper

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    $400 - $800
    Concept Gallery
    0 Bids
    Starting Bid
    $325
  • 2 Framed Shiro Kasamatsu color woodcuts
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    $200 - $400

    2 Framed Shiro Kasamatsu color woodcuts

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    $200 - $400
    Concept Gallery
    1 Bid
    Current Bid
    $125
  • Paul Jacoulet (French/Japanese, 1896-1960) Woodblock, Ca. 1941, Souvenirs D'Autrefois. Japon (Souvenirs of the Past.), H 15.5" W 11.75"
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    $300 - $500

    Paul Jacoulet (French/Japanese, 1896-1960) Woodblock, C...

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    $300 - $500
    DuMouchelles
    1 Bid
    Current Bid
    $150
  • Kiyoshi Saito Japanese Woodblock Titled Garden Sendo-Gosyo Kyoto, #33/150
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    $600 - $1,200

    Kiyoshi Saito Japanese Woodblock Titled Garden Sendo-Go...

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    $600 - $1,200
  • Figural Woodblock By Kiyoshi Saito (Japan 1907-1997) Titled "Maiko III" Signed.
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    $600 - $800

    Figural Woodblock By Kiyoshi Saito (Japan 1907-1997) Ti...

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    $600 - $800
  • Japanese Woodblock Print
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    $40 - $80

    Japanese Woodblock Print

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    $40 - $80
  • Rare Japanese Woodblock Print
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    $100 - $200

    Rare Japanese Woodblock Print

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    $100 - $200
  • UTAMARO JAPANESE WOODBLOCK PRINT LITHOGRAPHS
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    UTAMARO JAPANESE WOODBLOCK PRINT LITHOGRAPHS

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  • Pair of Japanese Woodblock Prints
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    $100 - $200

    Pair of Japanese Woodblock Prints

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  • Rare Japanese Woodblock Print of a Geisha
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    Rare Japanese Woodblock Print of a Geisha

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  • Rare Japanese Woodblock Print, Samurai
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    $100 - $200

    Rare Japanese Woodblock Print, Samurai

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  • Japanese Woodblock Print
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    $200 - $300

    Japanese Woodblock Print

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    $200 - $300
  • Rare Japanese Woodblock Print of a Geisha
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    $100 - $200

    Rare Japanese Woodblock Print of a Geisha

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    $100 - $200
  • Japanese Woodblock Print Utagwa Kunisada
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    Japanese Woodblock Print Utagwa Kunisada

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  • (3) Japanese Woodblock Prints
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    (3) Japanese Woodblock Prints

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  • Japanese Woodblock Print
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    Japanese Woodblock Print

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  • Japanese Woodblock Print- Ichikawa Ebrizo
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    Japanese Woodblock Print- Ichikawa Ebrizo

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  • Japanese Woodblock Print Koichi Okumura
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    $100 - $200

    Japanese Woodblock Print Koichi Okumura

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    $100 - $200
  • Japanese Woodblock Print Utagawa Hiroshige
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    $100 - $200

    Japanese Woodblock Print Utagawa Hiroshige

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    $100 - $200
  • Japanese Woodblock Print Utagawa Hiroshige
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    $100 - $200

    Japanese Woodblock Print Utagawa Hiroshige

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    $100 - $200
  • Japanese Woodblock Print Utagwa Hiroshige
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    $100 - $200

    Japanese Woodblock Print Utagwa Hiroshige

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    $100 - $200
  • Japanese Woodblock Print Triptych
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    $150 - $250

    Japanese Woodblock Print Triptych

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  • Japanese Woodblock Print Triptych
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    $100 - $150

    Japanese Woodblock Print Triptych

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  • Japanese Woodblock Print by Toyokuni
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    $150 - $250

    Japanese Woodblock Print by Toyokuni

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    $150 - $250
  • Japanese Woodblock Print Ando Hiroshige
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    $100 - $200

    Japanese Woodblock Print Ando Hiroshige

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    $100 - $200
  • Rare Japanese Woodblock Print Samurai on Horseback
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    $100 - $200

    Rare Japanese Woodblock Print Samurai on Horseback

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    $100 - $200
  • Japanese Woodblock Print Utagawa Hiroshiga
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    $100 - $200

    Japanese Woodblock Print Utagawa Hiroshiga

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    $100 - $200
  • Rare Japanese Woodblock Print Three Samurai
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    $100 - $200

    Rare Japanese Woodblock Print Three Samurai

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    $100 - $200
  • Japanese Woodblock Prints
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    $100 - $300

    Japanese Woodblock Prints

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    $100 - $300