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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Kabuki Actor Sawamura Sojuro V as Yoemon

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Kabuki Actor Ichimura Uzaemon XII as Doguya Jinzo

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Woman with Fan

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Poem by Mibu no Tadami: Hasebe Nobutsura

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The Capture of Kidomaru by Minamoto no Raiko

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Incomparable Hidari Jingoro (Master Sculptor)

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Poem by Dainagon Tsunenobu

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In 1153 at Konoe's Palace the Skilled Archer Yorimasa Shooting the Nue

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In 1153 at Konoe's Palace the Skilled Archer Yorimasa Shooting the Nue

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At Kiyomori's Visit to Nunobiki Waterfall, Ghost of Akugenta Yoshihira Strikes Down Nanba Jiro

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General Tamura and the Demon of Suzuka Mountain in Tsuchiyama

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Takiyasha and Skeleton Specter in the Ruined Palace at Soma

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Yatsuhashi: Actor Ichikawa Danjuro VIII as Teranishi Kanshin

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Minamoto no Yoriie Watching Asahina Yoshihide Fighting Two Crocodiles at Kotsubo in Kamakura

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Comical Panoramic View of Yoritomo’s Hunting Party under Mt. Fuji

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Complete Album: Biographies of the Loyal Retainers

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Complete Album: Mirror of the True Loyalty of Each of the Faithful Retainers

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