Moronobu(Hishikawa Moronobu) (hēshēkä`wä mōrō`nōbo͞o), c.1618–c.1694, Japanese painter and color-print designer of the ukiyo-e school. He began his career as an embroiderer. His first of more than 130 illustrated books (1658) is usually regarded as beginning the history of Japanese ukiyo-e prints (see Japanese artJapanese art,
works of art created in the islands that make up the nation of Japan. Early Works
The earliest art of Japan, probably dating from the 3d and 2d millennia B.C.
..... Click the link for more information. ). He produced his first single-sheet prints c.1673. His prints are mostly in black and white, although occasionally hand colored. For subject matter he drew from classical literature or depicted the daily life of the common people, celebrated courtesans, and favorite actors. A screen painting of a genre scene at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, is one of the few remaining paintings by Moronobu.