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 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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Kabuki Actor Ichikawa Ebizo

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Kabuki Actor Ichikawa Ebizo

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Rapture

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Rapture

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Oni, Peacock, Shishi, Cat and Insect by the Craftman Ichida Shoshichiro of Naniwa

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Oni, Peacock, Shishi, Cat and Insect by the Craftman Ichida Shoshichiro of Naniwa

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The Cat's Watching: Hozuki Lanterns

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The Cat's Watching: Hozuki Lanterns

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Memorial Portrait of Sumo Wrestler Hidoshi Rikiya II (1799-1836) Defeating the King of Hell and Two Demons

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Memorial Portrait of Sumo Wrestler Hidoshi Rikiya II (1799-1836) Defeating the King of Hell and Two Demons

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Samurai Love: Year of the Cock

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Samurai Love: Year of the Cock

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Kabuki Actor Bando Mitsugoro as Shogun Taro Yoshikado)

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Kabuki Actor Bando Mitsugoro as Shogun Taro Yoshikado)

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Actor under a Willow Tree

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Actor under a Willow Tree

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Kabuki Actor Iwai Kumezaburo II as Geisha Koito

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Kabuki Actor Iwai Kumezaburo II as Geisha Koito

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Kabuki Actor Seki Sanjuro

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Kabuki Actor Seki Sanjuro

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I told you I wasn't playing around

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I told you I wasn't playing around

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Otsu: Kabuki Actor Onoe Kikugoro as Shimizu no Kanja

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Otsu: Kabuki Actor Onoe Kikugoro as Shimizu no Kanja

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Young Family: Father, Mother and Child

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Young Family: Father, Mother and Child

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Act. VI: Chushingura

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Act. VI: Chushingura

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Actor with Candle

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Actor with Candle

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Kabuki Actor Iwai Kumezaburo as Oiran

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Kabuki Actor Iwai Kumezaburo as Oiran

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Kabuki Actor Segawa Kikunojo

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Kabuki Actor Segawa Kikunojo

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Couple Making Love

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Couple Making Love

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Okabe

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Okabe

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Kabuki Actor Ichikawa Danjuro

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Kabuki Actor Ichikawa Danjuro

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