Ukiyo-e is a type of Japanese art that thrived during the 17th to 19th centuries, focussing on paintings and woodblock prints.

Ukiyo-e, which translates to "Pictures of the Floating World," is a type of Japanese art from the Edo period. It includes woodblock prints and paintings showing famous actors, beautiful courtesans, city life, romantic landscapes, and erotic scenes. Artists in this genre created woodblock prints and paintings depicting various subjects, including female beauties, kabuki actors, sumo wrestlers, historical and folk tales, travel scenes, landscapes, flora, fauna, and erotica. The term "Floating World" refers to the pleasure districts in Edo (now Tokyo) and represents the joys of city life but also reminds us that worldly pleasures are temporary.

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Parra's studio, with Parra at the centre, his back to the camera as he works on the large painting takes centre stage, showing a faceless blue woman in a striped dress, painted in red, purple, blue and teal. The studio is full of brightly coloured paints, with a large window on the right and a patterned rug across the floor under the painting.