Specialists have prized the portraits of beauties and actors by masters such as Kiyonaga, Utamaro, and Sharaku that came in the late 18th century.
In the 19th century followed a pair of masters best remembered for their landscapes: the bold formalist Hokusai, whose Great Wave off Kanagawa is one of the best-known works of Japanese art; and the serene, atmospheric Hiroshige, most noted for his series The Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō.
He was a prolific illustrator who worked in a wide variety of genres, and developed an influential style of portraying female beauties.
Most significantly, he began to produce illustrations, not just for books, but as single-sheet images, which could stand alone or be used as part of a series.
is a genre of Japanese art which flourished from the 17th through 19th centuries.
Its artists produced woodblock prints and paintings of such subjects as female beauties; kabuki actors and sumo wrestlers; scenes from history and folk tales; travel scenes and landscapes; flora and fauna; and erotica.
The merchant class at the bottom of the social order benefited most from the city's rapid economic growth.
Many indulged in the entertainments of kabuki theatre, courtesans, and geisha of the pleasure districts.
The 20th century saw a revival in Japanese printmaking: the shin-hanga ("new prints") genre capitalized on Western interest in prints of traditional Japanese scenes, and the sōsaku-hanga ("creative prints") movement promoted individualist works designed, carved, and printed by a single artist.
Prints since the late 20th century have continued in an individualist vein, often made with techniques imported from the West.
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Thanks to relatively strong showings overseas to the tune of million, the sugar-doused biopic-musical of notorious conman P. Barnum‘s rise to prominence has become something of a minor hit.
Until the 16th century, the lives of the common people had not been a main subject of painting, and even when they were included, the works were luxury items made for the ruling samurai and rich merchant classes.