Collecting Japanese Prints

Chikanobu, Scene from the Chiyoda Palace

Chikanobu, Sanno Festival at the Chiyoda Palace, 1897

Stock Clearance at Toshidama Gallery, December 2018

For the first time in eight years, the Toshidama Gallery is having a stock clearance sale, reducing the cost of dozens of prints to £100 only. Triptychs, such as the extremely rare and highly collectible elephant print by Chikanobu from 1897, pictured above, are on sale for only £175. Interest in Japanese prints is very high, books on Japanese masters in lavish formats are frequently being published by Taschen, Phaidon and other mainstream publishers. Museum exhibitions in New York, Boston, London and Amsterdam have all occurred this year, notably the fabulous exhibition at the van Gogh Museum Amsterdam on Japanese prints and post-impressionism.

Vincent van Gogh - Courtesan- after Eisen

Vincent van Gogh, Courtesan, after Eisen

There is also a greater and a growing awareness of the tremendous influence of Japanese art and prints in particular on the development of modernism in Europe in the early twentieth century and of course, the still under acknowledged influence of ukiyo-e on the great movements of impressionism and post-impressionism. Vogue recently featured modern ukiyo-e artists and their reimagining of the genre with contemporary rock and pop imagery, the Guardian newspaper also featured a gift of kabuki portraits by Kunisada and others (some available from this gallery) to the British museum. The world then… or at least the cultural life of the media seems to be waking up more and more to the importance of ukiyo-e as a cultural driver for our own visual culture.

Kunisada II, From the Eight Dog Heroes

Kunisada II, Eight Dog Heroes (Satomi Hakkenden) – Hikiroku’s Daughter Hamaji, Available from Toshidama Gallery

The great works of ukiyo-e (Japanese woodblock prints) – those prints that you see pinned to the screen in the background of Manet’s portrait of Emil Zola or slavishly reproduced in paint as parts of the great masterpieces of van Gogh or Monet… are on the gallery site here for sale during December. Prices start at only £100 for authenticated, original, nineteenth century masterpieces in oban format and £175 for triptychs… a large piece of original art for the price of dinner in London for four people!

Do please visit the gallery, enjoy these great works, their detailed explanations and embark on a journey of wonder, of mystery and of discovery into this magical, floating world. Also, do please join our mailing list which goes out only ten times a year and which carries information, news and special offer discounts to subscribers.

With best wishes to all our customers for 2019.

Tadakiyo, Ichikawa Danjuro IX as the Ghost of Kagekiyo, 1896


About toshidama

Toshidama Gallery sells original nineteenth century Japanese woodblock prints. We source our prints from around the world and only stock original, authenticated works of museum quality.
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