Shin Hanga

Shin hanga, which means new prints, was an art movement in the early 20th century Japan, during the Taishō (1912 – 26) and Shōwa (1926 – 89) periods. The movement flourished from around 1915 to 1942, though it resumed briefly from 1946 through the 1950s.

Towards the End of the Meiji period (1868 – 1912) ukiyo-e after Kobayashi Kiyochika gradually declined. The shin hanga printmakers revitalized the focus on the old fashioned technique of woodblock printing and worked within the traditional ukiyo-e framework based on the routine that evolved during Edo- and Meiji periods (17th–19th century): the artist was designing the prints, which got then passed on to carvers and printers, employed by a print publisher. The most commonly known publisher of shin hanga prints was Watanabe Shozaburo.

Inspired by European Impressionism, the shin hanga artists combined Western elements such as the effects of light and the expression of individual moods, but focused strictly on the traditional topics like landscapes (fukeiga), famous places (meishō), beautiful women (bijin ga), kabuki actors (yakusha-e), and birds and flowers (kachō-e). Naturalistic light, shade, textures and perspective have been added to show the tranquillity of human-nature coexistence. Seasons (for example early spring, midsummer and cherry blossom), the time of day (full moon, morning mist) and weather conditions (temple in snow or after rain) also set the prints to a specific time of day and year.

The shin hanga movement included several artists, each known for their favourite subject: Hashiguchi Goyo for his portraits of women, Ito Shinsui for his portraits of women and landscapes, Yamamura Koka and Ohta Masamitsu for their portraits of Kabuki actors, Ohara Koson for his prints of birds and Kawase Hasui and Hiroshi Yoshida for their landscapes. Kawase Hasui and Hiroshi Yoshida probably have been the two most popular shing hanga artists who focused on urban or rural landscapes.

Fuji no yukibare (Tagonoura)

1.850,00 €

Pheasants in the Snow

950,00 €

Coming Ships

650,00 €

Thunderstorm at Tateishi

850,00 €

Snipe in Rain

850,00 €

Waxwings on Twig

850,00 €

Insect Seller

750,00 €

Late Autumn in a village

750,00 €

Windy day at Komatsugawa

850,00 €

Asakusa Kannon-dô Ô-chôchin

680,00 €

Hawaiian Fishes B

650,00 €

Hawaiian Fishes A

650,00 €

Shirasagi Castle

440,00 €

Eagle owl

650,00 €


340,00 €

Cherry Blossoms

340,00 €


340,00 €

Cherry Tree in Kawagoe (Kawagoe no sakura)

650,00 €

Kasuga Taisha (Kasuga Shrine in Nara)

340,00 €

Dokusho (Reading)

1.450,00 €

Tits on a stalk of a flowering plant

950,00 €

Yasaka fukin

280,00 €


340,00 €

Trumpet Narcissus

340,00 €


340,00 €

Ishiyama Temple

650,00 €

Great Buddha in Kōtoku-in Temple, Kamakura

420,00 €

Monkey hanging from a thin bamboo twig observing a fly

850,00 €

Biwako (The Biwa Lake and Ukimi-dô Pavilion in the Moonlight)

380,00 €

Yokushitsu nite (In the Bathroom)

1.450,00 €

Shirotsubaki (White camellias)

180,00 €

Shûu (Sudden Rain)

850,00 €

Heron on a Snow-covered Pine Branch

750,00 €

Flower Seller on a Rainy Day

650,00 €

Landscape (African Mountain)

580,00 €

Lantern and Maples

650,00 €

Chō to botan (Butterfly and peony)

1.600,00 €

Miyako-jima donten (Cloudy Day in Miyako at Osaka)

340,00 €


850,00 €

Kuroi neko (Black Cat)

1.850,00 €

Akiba Shrine

650,00 €

Sawatari in Joshu district

950,00 €

Water Lilies

340,00 €


650,00 €

Xiaogushan, China (Shôkozan)

1.250,00 €