‘Beauty Looking Back’ a paintings by Hishikawa Moronobu, immortalized on Japanese Postage Stamps and Postmarks

Moronobu's Artistic Journey

Hishikawa Moronobu (1618-1694) was a pioneering Japanese artist known for his ukiyo-e paintings. His work has been celebrated and preserved through various mediums, including Japanese postage stamps. These stamps, issued in 1948, 1991, 1996, and 2001, offer a glimpse into Moronobu’s artistic legacy and the rich tapestry of Japanese culture.

The Philatelic Week Stamp issued 1948.11.29 of  ‘Beauty Looking Back’ was the first Japanese stamp showing the painting.

Subsequent releases in 1991, 1996, and 2001 continued to honor Moronobu’s work, each series adding new dimensions to his artistic narrative. These stamps not only serve as a tribute to Moronobu’s genius but also as a testament to the enduring appeal of Japanese art in the global philatelic community.

Hishikawa Moronobu

Self portrait of Hishikawa Moronobu, in Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Hishikawa Moronobu (1618-1694) was a pioneering Japanese artist and printmaker, widely regarded as the founder of the ukiyo-e genre of woodblock prints and paintings. His work significantly influenced Japanese art and culture, and his legacy extends to the world of philately. Moronobu’s “‘Beauty Looking Back” is featured on Japanese postage stamps issued in 1948, 1991, 1996, and 2001,

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Delve into the rich history of Japanese postage stamps and the original paintings by Hishikawa Moronobu. Our society offers an exclusive collection that highlights the beauty and cultural significance of these masterpieces. Join us in celebrating the art of Japanese philately and explore the intricate designs that have captivated collectors for generations. Click below to start your journey into the fascinating world of Moronobu’s art and Japanese stamps.