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Utagawa Kunisada

Japanese Woodblock Prints. Utagawa Kunisada 1786–1865Created by: PICRYLDated: 1860
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Utagawa Kunisada, 1786–1865 was Japanese artist who was probably the most prolific of all printmakers of the ukiyo-e (“pictures of the floating world”). Kunisada was a trendsetter in the art of the Japanese woodblock print. Kunisada produced between 20,000 and 25,000 designs for woodblock prints during his lifetime (i.e. 35,000 to 40,000 individual sheets).

Following the traditional pattern of the Utagawa school, Kunisada's main occupation was kabuki and actor prints. He was also highly active in the area of bijin-ga (beautiful women).

In 1840sand 1850s, Kunisada collaborated with both Hiroshige and Kuniyoshi in three major series as well as on a number of smaller projects. Notable students of Kunisada included Toyohara Kunichika, Utagawa Sadahide and Utagawa Kunisada II.
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Contemporary Rendition of a Rogue: Kinezumi Kichigorō

Contemporary Rendition of a Rogue: Kinezumi Kichigorō

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Album of Forty-eight Actor Prints

Album of Forty-eight Actor Prints

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Album of Prints by Various Artists

Album of Prints by Various Artists

Twenty-eight prints by Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861) Edo period (1615–1868)

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Competition of Contemporary Fashions: Sexy Beauty

Competition of Contemporary Fashions: Sexy Beauty

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Maruami Gorō Saved by Fudō's (Acala) Attendant Seitaka from Narita Shrine

Maruami Gorō Saved by Fudō's (Acala) Attendant Seitaka from Narita Shr...

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Album of Ninety-eight Prints from the series Ogura Imitations of One Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets (Ogura nazorae hyakunin isshu)

Album of Ninety-eight Prints from the series Ogura Imitations of One H...

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Album of Fifteen Triptychs of Famous Battlescenes

Album of Fifteen Triptychs of Famous Battlescenes

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Actor as Master of Sagamiya (Sagamiya teishu)

Actor as Master of Sagamiya (Sagamiya teishu)

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Album of Thirty Actor Prints

Album of Thirty Actor Prints

Sixteen prints by Utagawa Kunisada (Japanese, 1786–1865) Edo period (1615–1868)

Six Poetic Sages as Young Women at the Plum Garden at Kameido

Six Poetic Sages as Young Women at the Plum Garden at Kameido

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Twelve Hours of Spring Pleasures: Hour of the Dragon

Twelve Hours of Spring Pleasures: Hour of the Dragon

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Famous Views of Edo: Kasumigaseki

Famous Views of Edo: Kasumigaseki

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Twelve Hours of Spring Pleasures: Hour of the Goat

Twelve Hours of Spring Pleasures: Hour of the Goat

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Selected Scenes from One Poem Each by One Hundred Poets: Poem by Emperor Kōkō

Selected Scenes from One Poem Each by One Hundred Poets: Poem by Emper...

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Actor as Tokihira

Actor as Tokihira

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Yuki no ashita

Yuki no ashita

Print shows an upper class woman standing near a well and two women, possibly servants, getting water at the well. Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo print specialists... more

Kawa de no sentaku

Kawa de no sentaku

Print shows four women at river's edge washing clothes; one woman has pulled out a piece of cloth which a crab has caught hold of, attracting the attention of a young child who dashes toward the water. Title an... more

Nenrei

Nenrei

Print shows a woman sitting by a trunk and a large lantern, putting hairpins in her hair. Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo print specialists in 2005-2006. From the s... more

Kameido tenjin

Kameido tenjin

Print shows a woman sitting on the floor looking at a wall hanging of the bridge at the Kameido Tenjin shrine. Title and other descriptive information compiled by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo print specialists in ... more