The art term usually refers to woodblock colour prints produced in Japan. To begin with, these were mono-chrome, but the art form developed over time. They are very much associated with the Yedo school whose artists were active from mid 17th century to mid 19th century. The artists from this period used different kinds of materials and experimented with various techniques. Yedo is a place name, in that it is the former name of today’s city of Tokyo.
Japanese prints have been a source of inspiration for French impressionist and post impressionist artists. See also the related art terms Japoneaiserie and Japonisme.
See also the art term “the floating world“.
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