Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861 )

The son of silk dyer, Kuniyoshi Utagawa was born into the Igusa family in Edo. Little is known about his very early years, though he is said to have shown remarkable talent from a young age. Kuniyoshi began his ukiyo-e career as a pupil of Shunei. At age 14 he was accepted to study the art of woodblock printing under Toyokuni I and, in time, would become one of his most successful students. In 1814, he left Toyokuni’s studio to pursue a career as an independent ukiyo-e artist. Initially, he had little success, selling tatami mats in order to support himself. However, his fortunes changed in 1827 with his dramatic series 108 Heroes of the Suikoden. From that point forward, the public hungered for his portrayals of famous samurai and legendary heroes. Kuniyoshi Utagawa worked across all genres, producing some brilliant landscapes and charming bijin-ga (pictures of beautiful women). He died in the spring of 1861 from complications of a stroke.

In direct contrast to the peaceful views of a scenic Japan provided by Hiroshige and Hokusai, the following decades saw a rise of the fierce, fearsome and fantastical in ukiyo-e. Kuniyoshi welcomed this changing public taste. He had a ravenous imagination and the full scope of his work reveals an aesthetic sensibility capable of capturing almost any experience. No doubt, however, his particular genius felt most at home in the world of martial glory, where epic battles decided the fate of empires and fierce warriors clashed to the death. Kuniyoshi's Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock prints were so popular in his time that he received requests for tattoo designs.

Japanese Woodblock Prints (1800 - 1868)

By the 19th century, Japanese woodblock prints achieved extraordinary popularity. While the shogunate issued a battery of censorship reforms throughout the 1800s, artists ignored and evaded restrictions with images of indulgent beauties and vibrant kabuki actors. As constraints tightened in the 1840s, bijin-ga (pictures of beautiful women) became earthier in prints by Eizan and Eisen, while kabuki actors persevered in the work of Kunisada (aka Toyokuni III). During this period, ukiyo-e artists also added landscapes, warriors, ghosts and scenes of everyday life to their oeuvre. Artists such as Hokusai and Hiroshige indulged a national wanderlust through Meisho-e or “famous place pictures,” while Kuniyoshi championed musha-e, a genre of warrior and legendary pictures.

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Artist

  • Aikawa, Minwa (ask Gosentei)
  • Ashiyuki
  • Chikayoshi
  • Eisen
  • Eizan
  • Gakutei
  • Gekko
  • Hidematsu
  • Hidenari
  • Hirokage
  • Hirosada
  • Hiroshige
  • Hiroshige & Toyokuni III
  • Hiroshige II
  • Hokkei
  • Hokuba
  • Hokuga
  • Hokusai
  • Hokushu
  • Hokutai
  • Katsushika, Isai
  • Kunichika
  • Kunihisa
  • Kunimori II
  • Kuninao
  • Kunisada
  • Kunisada II (aka Kunimasa III, Toyokuni IV)
  • Kuniyasu
  • Kuniyoshi
  • Kyosai
  • Mimura, Seizan
  • Sadafusa
  • Sadahide
  • Sadanobu
  • Shigeharu
  • Shigenobu
  • Shinsai
  • Shunman
  • Shunsen
  • Sori III
  • Sugakudo
  • Tamikuni
  • Teisai, Shuri
  • Toshikata
  • Toyohiro
  • Toyokiyo
  • Toyokuni I
  • Toyokuni II (Toyoshige)
  • Toyokuni III
  • Tsukimaro
  • Utamaro
  • Utamaro II
  • Yoshiiku
  • Yoshikata
  • Yoshikazu
  • Yoshikuni
  • Yoshitora
  • Yoshitoshi
  • Yoshitsuna
  • Yoshitsuya
  • Yoshiume
  • Unsigned / Unknown Artist

Series

  • 100 Poems by 100 Poets (Kuniyoshi)
  • 108 Heroes of the Popular Suikoden
  • 53 Stations of the Tokaido (Kuniyoshi)
  • 69 Stations of the Kisokaido
  • Biographies of the Loyal Retainers
  • Famous and Heroic Leaders
  • Heroes of the Taiheiki (Kuniyoshi)
  • Ogura 100 Poems by 100 Poets
  • Ukiyo-e Parallels for the Tale of Genji

Subject

  • Actors & Theater
  • Animals & Fish
  • Architectural
  • Autumn
  • Beauties (bijin-ga)
  • Birds
  • Bridges
  • Calligraphy
  • Cats & Dogs
  • Children
  • Comic
  • Flowers & Gardens
  • Genji
  • Ghosts & Demons (yokai)
  • Landscapes
  • Legends & History
  • Moon & Night
  • Music & Dance
  • Pastimes
  • Poets & Scholars
  • Portraits
  • Rain
  • Rituals & Beliefs
  • Spring
  • Sumo
  • Surimono
  • Tattoo
  • Tokaido
  • Warriors & Samurai
  • Waterfalls and Rapids
  • Waterscapes
  • Winter

Period

  • 1800 - 1868 (Edo)
  • 1868 - 1912 (Meiji)

Medium

  • Painting
  • Woodblock Print

Size

  • Small (ie. Chuban)
  • Medium (ie. Oban)
  • Large (ie. Triptych)
  • Extra Large

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Abe no Yasuchika Exorcizing the Fox-woman Tamamo no Mae

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Fuchibe Iga no Kami Kills Oto no Miya

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Sanada Yoichi Yoshitada and Matano Goro Kagehisa

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The Ghost of Nitta Yoshioki on a White Horse Attacking His Murderer Takezawa

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Poet Fujiwara no Okikaze: Higuchi Jiro Kanemitsu on Pine Tree

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Ashida: Araimaru and Nyogetsuni

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Konosu: Musashi no Kami Moronao

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Fushimi: Tokiwa Gozen

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Hachinoki: Bonsai Tree

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Evening Snow at Yoshino: Shizuka Gozen

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Evening Snow at Yoshino: Shizuka Gozen

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Oi: Ono Sadakuro

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Actor Onoe Kikugoro III Reclining in a Boat on the Sumida River

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Water: Ukifune

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Maisaka: Kezori Kuemon

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Maisaka: Kezori Kuemon

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Fujieda: Priest Rensho, Formerly Kumagai Naozane

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Fujieda: Priest Rensho, Formerly Kumagai Naozane

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Samegai: Kanai Tanigoro

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Sekigahara: Hanaregoma Chokichi and Nuregami Chogoro

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Nojiri: Hirai Yasumasa and Hakamadare Yasusuke

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Unuma: Yoemon and His Wife Kasane

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Unuma: Yoemon and His Wife Kasane

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Kutsukake: Zhang Liang (Choryo) and the Yellow Stone Lord (Kosekiko)

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Yabuhara: Sue Harukata

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Fukaya: Yuriwaka Daijin

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Ageo: Takao of the Miuraya

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Nihonbashi: Ashikaga Yorikane, Narukami Katsunosuke, and Ukiyo Tohei

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Nihonbashi: Ashikaga Yorikane, Narukami Katsunosuke, and Ukiyo Tohei

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