Toyokuni II (1777 - 1835)

Strength of a Tiger

Series: Compared with Twelve Zodiac Signs
Medium: Woodblock Print
Date: c. 1828
Size (H x W): 14 x 9.5 (inches)
Signature: Gosotei Toyokuni ga
Condition: Good color and impression, soiled, overall wear, tear upper corner

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About the artist

Born in Hongo in Edo, Toyokuni II began his career as a pottery dealer. He was a pupil and son-in-law of Toyokuni I and assumed his teacher's name after Toyokuni I's death in 1825. As other pupils vied for the name "Toyokuni II," Toyokuni II began to sign his prints Toyoshige, but after a year used the go Toyokuni or Gosotei Toyokuni, becoming the Hongo Toyokuni. In later years he returned to the go Toyoshige. Toyokuni II largely portrayed actors and bijin (beautiful women) but also designed landscape prints and book illustrations.