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 ukiyo-e woodblock prints embody 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)

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
  • Kiyomoto II
  • 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

Series

  • Famous Restaurants in Toto
  • Shadow Pictures of a Benevolent Reign

Subject

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

Period

  • 1800 - 1868 (Edo)
  • 1945 - 1989 (Showa & Postwar Period)

Medium

  • Woodblock Print

Size

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

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Teranishi Kanshin

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Teranishi Kanshin

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An Auspicious Day to Become an Adult

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An Auspicious Day to Become an Adult

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Iwai Kumezaburo as Princess Sayo: Poem by Kakinomoto no Hitomaro

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Iwai Kumezaburo as Princess Sayo: Poem by Kakinomoto no Hitomaro

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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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Adjusting Her Hairpin in the Lantern Light

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Adjusting Her Hairpin in the Lantern Light

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Peering through the Shoji

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Peering through the Shoji

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Benkei Tazaemon

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Hon’machi Amigoro

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Hon’machi Amigoro

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Irises from the Pleasure Quarter

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Irises from the Pleasure Quarter

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Flowers and Birds: Genji and His Companions Sharing a Boat

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Flowers and Birds: Genji and His Companions Sharing a Boat

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Iwai Kumesaburo III as Ayame no Mae

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Iwai Kumesaburo III as Ayame no Mae

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Chapter 9: Aoi

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Chapter 9: Aoi

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Chapter 32: Umegae

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Chapter 32: Umegae

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Chapter 10: Hana no En

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Chapter 10: Hana no En

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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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Peony Garden

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Peony Garden

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Chapter 10: Sakaki

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Chapter 10: Sakaki

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Beauty with a Lantern

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Beauty with a Lantern

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Tsuchinoto: Danshichi Kurobei and Mikawaya Giheiji

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Tsuchinoto: Danshichi Kurobei and Mikawaya Giheiji

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The Imitation Kisen: Actor Ichikawa Kodanji IV as Oniazami Seishichi

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The Imitation Kisen: Actor Ichikawa Kodanji IV as Oniazami Seishichi

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Kabuki Actor Kawarazaki Gonjuro I as Katanaya Hanshichi

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Kabuki Actor Kawarazaki Gonjuro I as Katanaya Hanshichi

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Rabbit: Taira Taro Yoshikado and Iga no Jutaro

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Rabbit: Taira Taro Yoshikado and Iga no Jutaro

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Chapter Miotsukushi: Channel Buoys, Bijin Holding a Mirror

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Chapter Miotsukushi: Channel Buoys, Bijin Holding a Mirror

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Chapter Sekiya: The Gate House, Oiran and Palanquin

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Chapter Sekiya: The Gate House, Oiran and Palanquin

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