Toyokuni III (AKA Kunisada,1786 - 1864 )

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Toyokuni III, also known as Kunisada, was born in the Honjo district of Edo as Kunisada Tsunoda. Kunisada’s family owned a small hereditary ferryboat service. Though his father, an amateur poet, died when Kunisada was a child, the family business provided some financial security. During his childhood, he showed considerable promise in painting and drawing. Due to strong familial ties with literary and theatrical circles, he spent time studying actor portraits.


At age 14, he was admitted to study under Toyokuni, head of the Utagawa school. Kunisada’s work embodies the characteristics of the Utagawa school, focusing on traditional subjects such as kabuki, bijin (beautiful women), shunga (erotic prints), and historical prints. Kunisada's first known woodblock print dates to 1807, his first illustrated book to 1808. His career took off from the beginning. Many of his works became overnight successes and he was considered the “star attraction” of the Utagawa school. He signed his works “Kunisada,” sometimes with the studio names of Gototei and Kochoro affixed. In 1844, he adopted the name of his teacher and became Toyokuni III. Kunisada passed away in 1864 in the same neighborhood that he was born. He was 70 years old. Kunisada was a highly popular, and the most active, Japanese ukiyo-e artist of the 19th century. In his time, his reputation surpassed those of his contemporaries Hiroshige and Kuniyoshi.

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Rabbit: Taira Taro Yoshikado and Iga no Jutaro

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Rabbit: Taira Taro Yoshikado and Iga no Jutaro

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Chapter Miotsukushi: Channel Buoys, Bijin Holding a Mirror

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Chapter Miotsukushi: Channel Buoys, Bijin Holding a Mirror

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Chapter Sekiya: The Gate House, Oiran and Palanquin

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Chapter Sekiya: The Gate House, Oiran and Palanquin

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Tsuchinoe: Jiraiya and Arashi Yuminosuke

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Tsuchinoe: Jiraiya and Arashi Yuminosuke

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Ichikawa Danjuro in a Shibaraku Scene

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Ichikawa Danjuro in a Shibaraku Scene

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Mitsuuji on the Veranda by Moonlight

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Mitsuuji on the Veranda by Moonlight

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Kabuki Actor Kawarazaki Gonjuro I as Katanaya Hanshichi

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Kabuki Actor Kawarazaki Gonjuro I as Katanaya Hanshichi

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Kabuki Actor Bando Shuka I as Shiranui Daijin

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Kabuki Actor Bando Shuka I as Shiranui Daijin

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Kabuki Actors Seki Sanjuro III as Iyami Kincho, and Bando Hikosaburo V as Iyami Kingoro

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Kabuki Actors Seki Sanjuro III as Iyami Kincho, and Bando Hikosaburo V as Iyami Kingoro

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Scene from a Kabuki Play

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Scene from a Kabuki Play

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Fujisuke, Faithful Servant of the Ishii House

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Fujisuke, Faithful Servant of the Ishii House

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Kinkanzashi no Jingoro

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Kinkanzashi no Jingoro

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Kabuki Actor Sawamura Tossho II as Hiranoya Kojiro

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Kabuki Actor Sawamura Tossho II as Hiranoya Kojiro

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Kabuki Actor Ichimura Takesaburo I

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Kabuki Actor Ichimura Takesaburo I

JP-209807

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Hitomaru Oroku

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Hitomaru Oroku

JP-209776

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Kabuki Actor Ichikawa Ebizo V as Banzuiin Chobei

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Kabuki Actor Ichikawa Ebizo V as Banzuiin Chobei

JP-209770

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Woman with Pipe and Peonies

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Woman with Pipe and Peonies

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Woman and Peonies

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Woman and Peonies

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Cherry Blossoms in Full Bloom in the New Yoshiwara

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Cherry Blossoms in Full Bloom in the New Yoshiwara

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Poem by Kotaikogu no Tayu Shunzei: Akazawa Junai and Otonai

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Poem by Kotaikogu no Tayu Shunzei: Akazawa Junai and Otonai

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Kabuki Actors Ichimura Takematsu III as Senzai (R), Ichimura Kakitsu IV as Sanbaso (C), and Ichikawa Kodanji IV as Egami no Fukusuke (L)

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Kabuki Actors Ichimura Takematsu III as Senzai (R), Ichimura Kakitsu IV as Sanbaso (C), and Ichikawa Kodanji IV as Egami no Fukusuke (L)

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Kabuki Actors beneath Autumn Leaves

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Kabuki Actors beneath Autumn Leaves

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Dog: Princess Fuse and Kanamari Daisuke

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Dog: Princess Fuse and Kanamari Daisuke

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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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