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Kuniteru (1808 - 1876)

Kudami-jo Does a Good Deed by Releasing Living Things

Medium: Woodblock Print
Date: c. 1850
Size (H x W): 13.75 x 29.5 (inches)
Publisher: Publisher unknown - seal reads "sa"
Seals: Fuku and Muramatsu (censor seals)
Signature: Ichiyusai Kuniteru ga
Condition: Fine color, impression, and state, sheets attached, lightly backed, embellished with karazuri (blind printing), burnishing, and black-on-black printing, sharp wood grain.

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About the artist

Born in Edo, Kuniteru Utagawa studied under both Toyokuni I and Kunisada. He worked in the style of the Utagawa school. Kuniteru produced book illustrations as well as single-sheet prints. His subjects traversed popular genres, from actors and warriors to beauties and kaika-e, “enlightenment pictures.” Kaika-e depicted the changing customs, clothing, and architecture of a Japan modernizing along a Western model. Like many artists, Kuniteru used a variety of go, or “artist names,” over the course of his career. His known go include Kunitsuna II and Sadashige.