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 prints were so popular in his time that he received requests for tattoo designs.

Japanese Woodblock Prints (1800 - 1868)

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Washio Saburo Struggling with a Black Bear

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Washio Saburo Struggling with a Black Bear

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The Toi Crystal River in Settsu Province

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The Toi Crystal River in Settsu Province

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Horikawa Tea

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Horikawa Tea

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Bridge Suggesting Gojo Bridge

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Drying Board Suggesting Hiyodorigoe

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Writing a Label for Chrysanthemums

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Writing a Label for Chrysanthemums

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Prayer Suggesting Benkei on the Boat

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Ishii's Retainer Nakano Tobei

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Loyalty and Valor

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Loyalty and Valor

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Pentaptych of the Five Manly Men

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Imado in Asakusa

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Imado in Asakusa

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The Earth Spider Conjures Monsters at the Mansion of Lord Minamoto Yorimitsu

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The Earth Spider Conjures Monsters at the Mansion of Lord Minamoto Yorimitsu

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Sekigahara: Sumo Wrestlers Hanaregoma Chokichi and Nuregami Chogoro

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Sekigahara: Sumo Wrestlers Hanaregoma Chokichi and Nuregami Chogoro

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Mase Chudayu Masaaki

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Aihara Esuke Munefusa

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Aihara Esuke Munefusa

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Uramatsu Handayu Takanao

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Uramatsu Handayu Takanao

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Kiura Okaemon Sadayuki

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Miura Jiroemon Kanetsune

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Sugenoya Sannojo Masatoshi

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Sugenoya Sannojo Masatoshi

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Yazama Shinroku Mitsukaze

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Oribe Yasubei Taketsune

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Mase Magoshiro Masatatsu

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Mase Magoshiro Masatatsu

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Okashima Yasoemon Tsunetatsu

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Sumo Wrestlers Shiranui Dakuemon (center left), Tsurugizan Taniemon (center right), with Refree Shikimori Inosuke (left) and Judge Retied Wrestler Miyagino (right)

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Sumo Wrestlers Shiranui Dakuemon (center left), Tsurugizan Taniemon (center right), with Refree Shikimori Inosuke (left) and Judge Retied Wrestler Miyagino (right)

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