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, British, 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. It was only later that Western influences would start to flood across in the other direction, leading to many of the new contemporary approaches that we find within the country today.

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, posters, kiri-e, kirigami and origami. The painting captured within this page is the famous Great Wave of Kanagawa by Hokusai. There has also been a growing interest online in what one might consider more feminine styles of art, such as the floral depictions and charming landscape scenes that feature prominently within the careers of artists like Hokusai and Hiroshige. The same can be said in the popularity of Gustav Klimt and Alphonse Mucha, for example, who managed to meet the tastes of women who had generally been ignored by the art world until around the 20th century.

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. It is frequently searched for online as, simply, the Japanese wave painting, by those relatively new to the history of Japanese art. 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. Monet himself studied national and international horticulture in great detail and saw Japanese design as one of the spearheads in this discipline and it remains a key element of international studies into this artistic form.

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 retailers, Art.com and Amazon. We cover all the famous Japanese painters such as Hokusai, Morita, 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. Discover the most famous paintings from Japanese art, across many centuries. Japanese prints are also available to buy online from artists like Katsushika Hokusai, Ando Hiroshige and Utamaro Kitagawa with many paintings to choose from such as Great Wave of Kanagawa and Mount Fuji. We have attempted to provide an extensive coverage of the main exponents to Japanese art rather than spreading ourselves too thin in order to make mention of each and every notable name from the past few centuries.

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. There has been the influence of technology as well, such as in film and photography and also video games, the latter of which has developed at an extraordinary pace over the past two decades and now employs many commercial artists in order to deliver their ever more complex projects which are purchased right across the world. The involvement of Japanese companies in producing some of the most popular video games consoles has ensured that Japan continues to play a major role within this expanding industry.

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