Dora Amsden, Woldemar Von Seidlitz: Impressions of Ukiyo-e
Ukiyo-e art is a wood engraving technique, representing the last
traditional Japanese figurative art before the Meiji period (1868). Its
pictures of the floating world imitate ancient aristocratic traditions
and reflect the tastes and traditions of the people of Edo (the present
day Tokyo) through landscapes and scenes from everyday life. The Art of
Ukiyo-e is a spiritual rendering of the realism and naturalness of daily
life, intercourse with nature, and imaginings, of a lively
impressionable race, in the full tide of a passionate craving for art.
This characterisation sums up forcibly the motive of the masters of
Ukiyo-e, the Popular School of Japanese Art, so poetically interpreted
as The Floating World.