Japanese Prints, Paintings & Artists

Japanese artists are famous for creativity and innovation within a variety of artistic mediums over many centuries

Japan has experienced less interference from foreign cultures than most other countries over it's history, allowing it to develop a strong brand and style, as well as developing many unique art movements.

Whilst Chinese and Japanese cultures have been interlinked at various stages, Japan's artistic influences have mainly been outward rather than inward.

French, Spanish and Italian artists are known to have been inspired by work that was so different to what was being seen in Europe during the 17th to 19th centuries.

Modern technology has made the world much smaller, but Japan continues to innovate with new art movements, such as Manga most recently.

There are further notable art movements and mediums from Japan including ancient pottery, sculpture, ink painting and calligraphy on silk and paper, ukiyo-e paintings and woodblock prints, kiri-e, kirigami and origami.

The painting captured above is the famous Great Wave of Kanagawa by Hokusai.

The Great Wave of Kanagawa is a beautiful Japanese print by Hokusai which remains the most popular piece of art from this country within the art public of Europe and the United States, many of whom rate Japanese art as amongst the best in the world.

You can buy your own copy of Hokusai's Great Wave of Kanagawa by using the links above, with framed or unframed prints, posters and wall posters all available.

Japanese art has long been a great influence on western artists with many famous names such as Vincent Van Gogh and Claude Monet both studying it in great detail and also experimenting with it's techniques and ideas within their own careers at times.

Some of their best known works show off a clear influence from Japanese art, and Claude Monet even famously ordered a complete construction of a Japanese Bridge within his own garden, such a fan of the country and it's art culture he had become.

Japanese prints are covered in full in this new website, with some of the most famous Japanese art included in this homepage, with many available to buy online from our recommended art retailer, Art.com.

We cover all the famous Japanese painters such as Katsushika Hokusai, Morita, Ando Hiroshige and Kitagawa.

The links included by each picture take you to Art.com where you can choose from giclee prints, framed art prints, stretched canvases and wall posters as reproductions of each original Japanese print included here.

Dance of Cranes by Morita

Dance of Cranes, above, is a classic painting by Morita that features a traditionally clothed women dancing amidst cranes.

The beautiful colour and detail on her dress make it a popular print and perhaps only second to The Great Wave of Kanagawa in terms of reproductions from western art fans.

This print also helps bring Morita's career into the limelight more than any other from his career.

Japanese art is incredibly diverse over a considerable period dating back to approximately the 10th millennium BC, when Japan was first inhabited.

As well as the traditional paintings featured in this homepage, by artists such as Hiroshige and Hokusai, Japanese artists have also excelled in other mediums such as ancient pottery, sculpture in wood and bronze, ink painting on silk and paper, moving onto animation in the modern era with world-renowned Manga which continues to grow in popularity.

Untitled by Ando Hiroshige

The print above is a famous but untitled Ando Hiroshige Print, one of several in fact. It features the traditional Japanese calligraphy alongside an attractive bird using the dark painting style common in Japan.

Mount Fuji by Hokusai

Mount Fuji is one of the best known sights within the whole of Japan and makes a popular choice for art fans too, offering an incredible topic for any Japanese landscape artist.

Hokusai produced probably the best known print of Mount Fuji, which you can see above.

Goldfinch and Cherry Tree by Hokusai

Peacock by Yanagisawa Kien

Plum Garden over Shin-Ohashi Bridge by Hiroshige

Evening Bell at Mii Temple by Ando Hiroshige

Evening Bell at Mii Temple is another print which features the mountain skyline so popular in Japanese and Chinese art, which bear many similarities, matching the link between their own respective histories.

Hiroshige concentrated on greens and shades of grey and black within this work, which is normal for Oriental art of that era.

Suigin Grove and Masaki by Hiroshige

Suigin Grove and Masaki by Hiroshige features an attractive landscape view of flowers on a tree in the foreground with a Japanese mountain and lake in the background.

There is the normal use of Japanese calligraphy too, to make this a very popular work from Hiroshige who became one of the best known Japanese artists of his era.

Takigawa from the Tea-House by Utamaro Kitagawa

Takigawa from the Tea-House by Utamaro Kitagawa is a beautiful print featuring great use of colour beyond the common Japanese and Chinese technique of just black with other subtle colours.

The impact of impressionism has shown the love of bright colour within the western world, and this explains why many Americans and Europeans would choose Takigawa from the Tea-House for their own homes ahead of some other Japanese print reproductions.

Young Woman Seated by Kitagawa

Young Woman Seated by Desk is a charming print that features traditional clothing within the style of similarly styled art. This painting look is very popular with those who are attracted to his historic look which boasts class and represents Japanese culture very accurately.

Navaro Rapids Wall by Ando Hiroshige

Navaro Rapids by Ando Hiroshige is another Japanese print which concentrates on the wild seas of Japan to great artistic effect, as similarly shown in Great Wave of Kanagawa by Hokusai.

The main difference in Navaro Rapids is that it features swirling movements as well, making it a more complex painting, as well as calling upon a greater number of colours.

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Discover the most famous paintings from Japanese art, across many centuries.

Japanese prints are also available to buy online from artists like Katsushika Hokusai, Morita, Ando Hiroshige and Utamaro Kitagawa with many paintings to choose from such as Great Wave of Kanagawa, Dance of Cranes and Mount Fuji.

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Famous Periods of Japanese Art

Japan itself is a country with a huge wealth of history going back thousands of years and individual periods within this help us to categorise the different types of Japanese art which have come over during each. Find a list below of the main periods of Japanese art:

  • Jomon art
  • Yayoi art
  • Kofun art
  • Asuka and Nara art
  • Heian art
  • Kamakura art
  • Muromachi art
  • Azuchi-Momoyama art
  • Edo period art
  • Pre-war art
  • Post-war art
  • Contemporary modern art

Famous Japanese Art Styles and Art Movements

Below is a collection of the main art methods and movements which are involved in the history of Japanese art, which dates back many centuries, making this list just a summary.

  • Calligraphers
  • Geisha
  • Painters
  • Sculptors
  • Architects
  • Photographers
  • Printmakers
  • Key Schools
  • Buddhist art
  • Kano
  • Kyoto
  • Nanga
  • Rinpa
  • Tosa
  • Ukiyo-e
  • Anime
  • Manga

Famous Periods of Japanese Art

Japanese art covers many styles and periods with the most famous periods of Japanese art being as follows:

  • Jomon and Yayoi periods
  • Yamato period
  • Heian period
  • Kamakura period
  • Muromachi period
  • Azuchi-Momoyama period
  • Edo period
  • Prewar period
  • Postwar period

Famous Japanese Artwork