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.

Japanese Woodblock Prints (1800 - 1868)

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Kawazu Saburo Sukeyasu Wrestling Matano Goro Kagehisa, Ebina Genpachi Hirotsuna as Referee

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Kawazu Saburo Sukeyasu Wrestling Matano Goro Kagehisa, Ebina Genpachi Hirotsuna as Referee

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Emperor Gaozu of Han Dynasty

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Emperor Gaozu of Han Dynasty

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View of the Sangen Teahouse in Snow at Fukagawa Hachiman Shrine in Toto (Edo)

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View of the Sangen Teahouse in Snow at Fukagawa Hachiman Shrine in Toto (Edo)

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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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The Battle of Yashima in the Genpei War

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The Battle of Yashima in the Genpei War

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Ichikawa Danjuro as Minamoto no Yoshitsune

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Ichikawa Danjuro as Minamoto no Yoshitsune

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Courtesan and Kamuro from the House of Sugata-Ebiya

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Courtesan and Kamuro from the House of Sugata-Ebiya

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Watonai Riding on the Tiger

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Watonai Riding on the Tiger

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Legendary Kawazu and Matano Bout

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Legendary Kawazu and Matano Bout

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Tamaya at Kameido

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Tamaya at Kameido

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Kabuki Actor Nakamura Shikan as Shoki, the Demon Queller

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Kabuki Actor Nakamura Shikan as Shoki, the Demon Queller

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The Great Sumo Wrestling between Momotaro and Kaidomaru

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The Great Sumo Wrestling between Momotaro and Kaidomaru

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Tattooed Lovers on a Cold Night

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Tattooed Lovers on a Cold Night

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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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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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Young Family: Father, Mother and Child

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Young Family: Father, Mother and Child

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Couple Making Love

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Couple Making Love

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Scene from Kabuki Play

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Scene from Kabuki Play

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