Kunichika (1835 - 1900 )

Kunichika Toyohara was born Yasohachi Arakawa, the son of a public bathhouse proprietor in the artisan section of Edo. As a young man, he studied with the ukiyo-e artist Chikanobu, from whom he received his artist name. He then apprenticed under Kunisada and began to produce actor prints in the Utagawa style, though he never used the Utagawa name. Kunichika married and had one daughter, though his marriage ended due to his questionable personal conduct.

 

Known for his actor okubi-e (big-head portraits), Kunichika's prints captured a traditional genre with the bold new colors of aniline dyes. He made great use of the deep, scarlet red to dramatic effect. In addition, he produced some historical prints and journalistic illustrations. Passionate about kabuki theater, Kunichika regularly spent time backstage, sketching the actors and watching the plays. This wealth of personal experience in the theater lends an intimacy to his impeccable yakusha-e (actor prints). Before the Meiji Restoration of 1868, Kunichika Toyohara was chosen by the Japanese government to present his work at the 1867 World Exhibition in Paris.

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Kabuki Actor Nakamura Shikan IV as Ishikawa Goemon

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Kabuki Actor Nakamura Shikan IV as Ishikawa Goemon

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Springtime Haze at the Edo Theater: Kabuki Actors Bando Hikosaburo (R) Nakamura Shikan (C), and Bando Mitsugoro (L)

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Springtime Haze at the Edo Theater: Kabuki Actors Bando Hikosaburo (R) Nakamura Shikan (C), and Bando Mitsugoro (L)

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Ichikawa Danjuro as Kumagai Naozane and Ichikawa Yonezo as Taira no Atsumori

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Ichikawa Danjuro as Kumagai Naozane and Ichikawa Yonezo as Taira no Atsumori

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Kabuki Actor Sawamura Tanosuke III as the Female Kansuke

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Kabuki Actor Sawamura Tanosuke III as the Female Kansuke

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Kabuki Actor Kawarasaki Gonjuro I as Shibahimo Tanzaemon

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Kabuki Actor Kawarasaki Gonjuro I as Shibahimo Tanzaemon

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Kabuki Actors Nakamura Sojuro as Akoya, Nakamura Shikan IV as Kagekiyo, and Nakamura Sagisuke

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Kabuki Actors Nakamura Sojuro as Akoya, Nakamura Shikan IV as Kagekiyo, and Nakamura Sagisuke

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The Wife of Tokugawa Ieyasu

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The Wife of Tokugawa Ieyasu

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The Ghost Sohachi

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The Ghost Sohachi

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Modoribashi: Actor Ichikawa Sadanji as Watanabe no Tsuna and Onoe Kikugoro Disguised Demon

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Modoribashi: Actor Ichikawa Sadanji as Watanabe no Tsuna and Onoe Kikugoro Disguised Demon

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Raiko and the Earth Spider with Kabuki Actor Onoe Kikugoro as the Earth Spider

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Raiko and the Earth Spider with Kabuki Actor Onoe Kikugoro as the Earth Spider

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Kabuki Play Modoribashi, Inoue Kikugoro V as the Demon of Mt. Atago Disguised as Sayuri

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Kabuki Play Modoribashi, Inoue Kikugoro V as the Demon of Mt. Atago Disguised as Sayuri

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Sawamura Tanosuke III as Stepdaughter Kakezara

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Sawamura Tanosuke III as Stepdaughter Kakezara

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Tokaiya Ginpei

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Tokaiya Ginpei

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Kabuki Actor Ichikawa Sadanji I

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Kabuki Actor Ichikawa Sadanji I

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Silence in the Snow

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Silence in the Snow

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Kabuki Play Toyama-jo Yukige no Kiyomizu

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Kabuki Play Toyama-jo Yukige no Kiyomizu

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Kabuki Actor Kawarasaki Gonnosuke VII

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Kabuki Actor Kawarasaki Gonnosuke VII

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Ichikawa Danjuro

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Ichikawa Danjuro

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Miuraya Scene: Sukeroku and Courtesan Agemaki

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Miuraya Scene: Sukeroku and Courtesan Agemaki

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English Balloonist

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English Balloonist

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Introducing Two Kabuki Plays at the Nakamura Theater

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Introducing Two Kabuki Plays at the Nakamura Theater

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Ichikawa Danjuro as Kumagai Naozane and Onoe Kikugoro as Taira no Atsumori at the Ichinotani Battle

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Ichikawa Danjuro as Kumagai Naozane and Onoe Kikugoro as Taira no Atsumori at the Ichinotani Battle

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Ushiwaka-maru and Benkei on the Gojo Bridge

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Ushiwaka-maru and Benkei on the Gojo Bridge

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Kabuki Actors Onoe Kikugoro, Kataoka Gado and Bando Kakyo

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Kabuki Actors Onoe Kikugoro, Kataoka Gado and Bando Kakyo

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