Toyokuni III (AKA Kunisada,1786 - 1864 )

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Toyokuni III, also known as Kunisada, 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. Kunisada's first known woodblock print dates to 1807, his first illustrated book to 1808. His 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, Japanese ukiyo-e 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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Kabuki Actor Ichimura Takesaburo I

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Kabuki Actor Ichimura Takesaburo I

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Hitomaru Oroku

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Hitomaru Oroku

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Kabuki Actor Ichikawa Ebizo V as Banzuiin Chobei

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Kabuki Actor Ichikawa Ebizo V as Banzuiin Chobei

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Woman with Pipe and Peonies

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Woman with Pipe and Peonies

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Woman and Peonies

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Woman and Peonies

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Cherry Blossoms in Full Bloom in the New Yoshiwara

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Cherry Blossoms in Full Bloom in the New Yoshiwara

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Poem by Kotaikogu no Tayu Shunzei: Akazawa Junai and Otonai

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Poem by Kotaikogu no Tayu Shunzei: Akazawa Junai and Otonai

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Kabuki Actor Iwai Kumesaburo III as Shiranui Daijin

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Kabuki Actor Iwai Kumesaburo III as Shiranui Daijin

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Kabuki Actors Ichimura Takematsu III as Senzai (R), Ichimura Kakitsu IV as Sanbaso (C), and Ichikawa Kodanji IV as Egami no Fukusuke (L)

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Kabuki Actors Ichimura Takematsu III as Senzai (R), Ichimura Kakitsu IV as Sanbaso (C), and Ichikawa Kodanji IV as Egami no Fukusuke (L)

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Kabuki Actors beneath Autumn Leaves

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Kabuki Actors beneath Autumn Leaves

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Dog: Princess Fuse and Kanamari Daisuke

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Dog: Princess Fuse and Kanamari Daisuke

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Kabuki Actor Nakamura Shikan IV as Ishikawa Goemon

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Kabuki Actor Nakamura Shikan IV as Ishikawa Goemon

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Kabuki Actor Sawamura Tanosuke III as the Tengu Kiritaro

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Kabuki Actor Sawamura Tanosuke III as the Tengu Kiritaro

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Kabuki Actor Bando Hikosaburo V as Hakamadare Yasusuke

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Kabuki Actor Bando Hikosaburo V as Hakamadare Yasusuke

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Prince Hikaru Looking in from the Veranda

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Prince Hikaru Looking in from the Veranda

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The Geisha Chokichi

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The Geisha Chokichi

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Kabuki Actor Kawarazaki Gonjuro I as Jiraiya

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Kabuki Actor Kawarazaki Gonjuro I as Jiraiya

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Kabuki Actor Ichimura Kakitsu IV as Tenjiku Tokubei

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Kabuki Actor Ichimura Kakitsu IV as Tenjiku Tokubei

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Kabuki Actor Segawa Kikunojo III as the Spirit of the Cherry Tree : Poem by Fujiwara no Motozane

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Kabuki Actor Segawa Kikunojo III as the Spirit of the Cherry Tree : Poem by Fujiwara no Motozane

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Onoe Kikugoro III as the Ghost of Yasukata: Poem by Nakatsukasa

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Onoe Kikugoro III as the Ghost of Yasukata: Poem by Nakatsukasa

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Jorakuji Temple

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Kabuki Actor Nakamura Fukusuke I as Samezaya Shiroza

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Kabuki Actor Nakamura Fukusuke I as Samezaya Shiroza

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Ichikawa Danjuro VIII as Endo Musha: Poem by Fujiwara no Nakafumi

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Ichikawa Danjuro VIII as Endo Musha: Poem by Fujiwara no Nakafumi

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Chapter 7: Momijinoga

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Chapter 7: Momijinoga

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