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. 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, 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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Nakamura Fukusuke I as Miyamoto Musashi

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Nakamura Fukusuke I as Miyamoto Musashi

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Festive Entertainment

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Festive Entertainment

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In the Yoshiwara

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In the Yoshiwara

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Let me See

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Let me See

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Kabuki Actor Nakamura Shikan as Matsuomaru

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Kabuki Actor Nakamura Shikan as Matsuomaru

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Danjuro as Gontaro on Nihonbashi Bridge

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Danjuro as Gontaro on Nihonbashi Bridge

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Tenarai

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Tenarai

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Takekawa (Bamboo River)

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Takekawa (Bamboo River)

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The Prince and The Princess

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The Prince and The Princess

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Tale of Genji: Chapter 31

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Tale of Genji: Chapter 31

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Hot Summer Night

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Hot Summer Night

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Kabuki Actor as Ikyu

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Kabuki Actor as Ikyu

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Sekitori Sumo Wrestler

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Sekitori Sumo Wrestler

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The Squeeze

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The Squeeze

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Kabuki Actor Ichikawa Uzaemon as Benten-kozo Kikunosuke

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Kabuki Actor Ichikawa Uzaemon as Benten-kozo Kikunosuke

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Sumo Wrestler Iwagawa Jirokichi

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Sumo Wrestler Iwagawa Jirokichi

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Kagaribi Chapter: The Flares, Bijin with Biwa Instrument

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Kagaribi Chapter: The Flares, Bijin with Biwa Instrument

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Ryogoku Bridge

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Ryogoku Bridge

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Kabuki Actor with Sake

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Kabuki Actor with Sake

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Yokkaichi

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Yokkaichi

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Iwai Kumezaburo as Princess Sayo: Poem by Kakinomoto no Hitomaro

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Iwai Kumezaburo as Princess Sayo: Poem by Kakinomoto no Hitomaro

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Act. V: The Gun Shot at Yamazaki-kaido

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Act. V: The Gun Shot at Yamazaki-kaido

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Shinobu

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Shinobu

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Beauty Under Umbrella

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Beauty Under Umbrella

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