Kunisada (AKA Toyokuni III,1786 - 1864 )

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Kunisada, also known as Toyokuni III, 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. His first known print dates to 1807, his first illustrated book to 1808. Kunisada’s art 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, ukiyo-e print artist of the 19th century. In his time, his reputation surpassed those of his contemporaries Hiroshige and Kuniyoshi.

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Courtesan Ainare of Kadoebiya with Kamuro Kanomo and Konomo

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Courtesan Ainare of Kadoebiya with Kamuro Kanomo and Konomo

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Kabuki Actor Ichikawa Danjuro

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Kabuki Actor Ichikawa Danjuro

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Kabuki Actor Nakamura Shikan II

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Kabuki Actor Nakamura Shikan II

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Kabuki Actor Ichikawa Danzo V

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Kabuki Actor Ichikawa Danzo V

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Kabuki Actor Nakamura Shikan

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Kabuki Actor Nakamura Shikan

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Kabuki Actor Bando Mitsugoro as Hige no Ikyu

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Kabuki Actor Bando Mitsugoro as Hige no Ikyu

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Kabuki Actor Seki Sanjuro II

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Kabuki Actor Seki Sanjuro II

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Kabuki Actor Ichikawa Danjuro

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Kabuki Actor Ichikawa Danjuro

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Kabuki Actor Kataoka Ichizo as Naosuke Gonbei

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Kabuki Actor Kataoka Ichizo as Naosuke Gonbei

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Kabuki Actor Kataoka Ichizo

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Kabuki Actor Kataoka Ichizo

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Actor under a Willow Tree

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Actor under a Willow Tree

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Kabuki Actor Ichikawa Monnosuke as the Geisha Chokichi

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Kabuki Actor Ichikawa Monnosuke as the Geisha Chokichi

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Kabuki Actor Bando Mitsugoro as Yamatoya Hanbei

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Kabuki Actor Bando Mitsugoro as Yamatoya Hanbei

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Act. VI: Chushingura

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Act. VI: Chushingura

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Kabuki Actor Sawamura Tossho as Funagashira-Koheiji

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Kabuki Actor Sawamura Tossho as Funagashira-Koheiji

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Kabuki Actor Nakamura Shikan as Sato Tadanobu

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Kabuki Actor Nakamura Shikan as Sato Tadanobu

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Ichikawa Danjuro as Kudo Saemon

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Ichikawa Danjuro as Kudo Saemon

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Kabuki Actor Ichimura Kakyo

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Kabuki Actor Ichimura Kakyo

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Love with a Comedian on Stage

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Love with a Comedian on Stage

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No Longer Can I Resist

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No Longer Can I Resist

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Take Me: Genji Love

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Take Me: Genji Love

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Tea Time Love

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