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Japanese Woodblock Resources

Online Japanese Woodblock Research Resources

Along with the online resources and journals the NGI Library and Archives subscribe to, the below list outlines a selection of free online resources that apply to Japanese woodblock print research.

Encyclopedia of Woodblock Printmaking

A blog-style website that offers glossaries of Japanese Printmaking terms, techniques, tools, styles, and processes. You will find descriptions of visits to the working studios of various Japanese printmakers, along with images of various processes and tools.

Visual Arts Encyclopedia: Ukiyo-e Woodblock Prints

Information about Ukiyo-e woodblock prints featured on the Visual Arts Encyclopedia. This independent online resource is part of visual-arts-cork.com. 

The Art Story: Ukiyo-e Japanese Prints

Information about Ukiyo-e prints featured on The Art Story, a website of the non-profit organisation offering accessible resources relating to visual arts.

The Met: Woodblock Prints in the Ukiyo-e Style

The Metropolitan Museum of Art resource about woodblock prints in the Ukiyo-e style as part of their Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History.

V&A: Japanese Woodblock Prints (Ukiyo-e)

The Victoria and Albert Museum offer a history of Japanese woodblock prints with links to search related objects in their collection.

Christie's Collecting Guide: Japanese Woodblock Prints

Learn about the landscapes, courtesans, actors, warriors and monsters depicted in Ukiyo-e through this Christie's guide with links to related sales. 

Library of Congress: Japanese Fine Prints Collection

Online access to the LOC's Prints and Photographs Division housing over more than 2,500 woodblock prints and drawings by Japanese artists of the seventeenth through early twentieth centuries.

Chester Beatty: Japanese Prints Collection

Browse the online collection of Japanese prints in the Chester Beatty.

Brooklyn Museum: Hiroshige's One Hundred Famous Views of Edo

View the online exhibition 'Hiroshige's One Hundred Famous Views of Edo' from the Brooklyn Museum.

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Obelisk Art History: Takiyasha the Witch and the Skeleton Specter

Read about the famous print 'Takiyasha the Witch and the Skeleton Specter' on the Obelisk Art History website. 

Frieze: How Japanese Woodblock Prints Transformed Van Gogh’s Dreams of Utopia

Read article published by Frieze (2019) relating to the influence Japanese woodblock prints had on Van Gogh's work.

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