Toyokuni I (1769 - 1825 )

The son of a puppet sculptor, Toyokuni was born and worked in Edo. Entering the studio of Toyoharu at the age of 14, Toyokuni drew inspiration from the famous contemporary artists around him, particularly from the great Utamaro. Toyokuni produced elegant courtesans, fine actor prints, book illustrations, and paintings. He had a strong reputation during his lifetime and taught a host of talented students, including Kunisada and Kuniyoshi.

 

Considered one of the most influential ukiyo-e print artists, Toyokuni catapulted the Utagawa school to fame and completed remarkable work depicting beautiful women and kabuki actors. During the early 1790s, his works focused on courtesans. His beauties bear an elegance and idealism indicative of the period. These works set a standard for bijin-ga (pictures of beautiful women) to come. Through the 1790s and 1800s, Toyokuni not only captured actors’ stage roles, but also their private lives and individual personalities in his yakusha-e (actor prints).

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 II
  • 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

Subject

  • Actors & Theater
  • Animals & Fish
  • Autumn
  • Beauties (bijin-ga)
  • Bridges
  • Children
  • Ghosts & Demons (yokai)
  • Legends & History
  • Portraits
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  • Surimono
  • Warriors & Samurai
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Period

  • 1800 - 1868 (Edo)

Medium

  • Woodblock Print

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  • Small (ie. Chuban)
  • Medium (ie. Oban)
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Kabuki Actor Seki Sanjuro

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Kabuki Actor Seki Sanjuro

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Matsumoto Koshiro as Igami-no-Gonta and Matsutaro

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The Actor Bando Mitsugoro

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Kabuki Actor Segawa Senjo as Takao

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Kabuki Actor Segawa Senjo as Sushiya Osato

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Kabuki Actor Nakamura Utaemon III as Shikan

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Kabuki Actor Onoe Kikugoro as Shohei's Wife Otsuru

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Kabuki Actor Onoe Kikugoro as Shohei's Wife Otsuru

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Visiting Komachi (Kayoi Komachi)

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Kabuki Actor Sawamura Gennosuke I

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Onoe Kikugoro as Kintaro (Golden Child)

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Kabuki Actors Ichikawa Omezo and Iwai Kumesaburo

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Kabuki Actors Ichikawa Omezo and Iwai Kumesaburo

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Cooling Off at Ryogoku in Edo

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Cooling Off at Ryogoku in Edo

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Jujutsu

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Kabuki Actor in an Iris Garden

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Kabuki Actor Onoe Kikugoro

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Kabuki Actor Onoe Kikugoro

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Kabuki Actor Ichikawa Omezo as Watanabe no Tsuna and Onoe Matsusuke as the Spirit of Earth Spider

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Kabuki Actor Ichikawa Omezo as Watanabe no Tsuna and Onoe Matsusuke as the Spirit of Earth Spider

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Segawa Senjo and Cherry Blossoms

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Segawa Senjo and Cherry Blossoms

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