Ukiyo-e - Pictures of the Floating World

Hiroshige Hawk

The Japanese art form described as Ukiyo-e illustrates the concept of living in the moment, appreciating life's pleasures and the beauty of nature. Ukiyo-e printing spanned two eras: the Edo period, from the 1620s until about 1867, and the Meiji period from 1867 through 1912. During the Edo period, woodblock printing became a commercial art form, used to illustrate books, postcards and theater posters. The art prints depicting actors and tea-house scenes were popular in the Edo (Tokyo) area. Since they were produced in large editions, they were more affordable for the common people who were less wealthy. Tourists enjoyed the images of the areas they visited, such as the many views shown in the series, 53 Stations of the Tokaido Road, by Ando Hiroshige.

Gratitude Gallery is pleased to present some awe inspiring, fun, and intriguing collections of public domain images found in the Library of Congress archives, in the Wikimedia Commons, and from various missions by NASA, including Hubble space images.

We have provided some sizes and papers to choose from, but if you're looking for something special or a different choice, these images are available in any size on any medium.

Imagery and artwork that is in the public domain is copyright free and can be printed for any use, provided that it was either published prior to 1923 and therefore has no copyright, published between 1923 and 1977 but had no copyright notice, or is from a government agency wherein the peoples' tax dollars pay for the right to use the images.