Kokunimasa (aka Kunimasa V) (1874 - 1944)

Battle near Mukden

Series: Sino-Japanese War
Medium: Woodblock Print
Date: 1894
Size (H x W): 14.5 x 28 (inches)
Publisher: Fukuda Kumajiro (Gusokuya)
Signature: Baido Kokunimasa
Condition: Very good color and impression, poor state, edges torn and damaged, creases, some repairs, overall wear, tape on reverse, tape and paper backing along reverse edges, larger tears in bottom left corner, light water stain to left of top edge, sheets attached, embellished with black burnishing.

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About the artist

Kokunimasa Utagawa (aka Kunimasa V) was a prolific artist who worked across the Meiji, Taisho and Showa periods. Born in 1874 to the artist Hosai Baido (or Kunimasa IV), Kokunimasa worked in the Utagawa style, carrying the long line of Utagawa printmakers well into the 20th century. As the role of the woodblock print changed in Japan, Kokunimasa adapted to popular demand. He produced senso-e, or “war prints,” during both the Sino-Japanese War (1894-1895) and the Russo-Japanese War (1904-1905), as well as genre scenes, actor prints and more, often depicted in the triptych format. Though the 20th century brought new print movements, Kokunimasa remained true to aesthetic language of ukiyo-e. He also used the go, or "artist names," Baido and Ryukei.