Kuniteru (1808 - 1876)

Otaru Zenibako Fish

Medium: Woodblock Print
Date: c. 1868
Size (H x W): 14 x 9.25 (inches)
Signature: Oju Ipposai Kuniteru ga
Condition: Very good color and impression, light surface soiling and wear, embellished with mica on water


About the artist

Born in Edo, Kuniteru Utagawa studied under both Toyokuni I and Kunisada. He worked in the style of the Utagawa school. Kuniteru produced book illustrations as well as single-sheet prints. His subjects traversed popular genres, from actors and warriors to beauties and kaika-e, “enlightenment pictures.” Kaika-e depicted the changing customs, clothing, and architecture of a Japan modernizing along a Western model. Like many artists, Kuniteru used a variety of go, or “artist names,” over the course of his career. His known go include Kunitsuna II and Sadashige.