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Utagawa Kunisada

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

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

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Contemporary Rendition of a Rogue: Kinezumi Kichigorō

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Twelve Hours of Spring Pleasures: Hour of the Goat

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

Rain of the Fifth Month (Samidare)

Kunisada's vision of an early summer scene, luxuriant in the soft rain of the fifth month, reflects a new sensibility for landscape among late Edo artists. The unhurried pleasures of a warm summer day seem heig... more

Poems on Portraits of the Famous and the Infamous

Attributed to Utagawa Kunisada (Japanese, 1786–1865) Edo period (1615–1868)

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

Album of Prints by Various Artists

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

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Album of Thirty Actor Prints

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

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Competition of Contemporary Fashions: Sexy Beauty

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

Album of Prints by Kikugawa Eizan, Utagawa Kunisada, and Utagawa Kunimaru

Nineteen prints by Kikugawa Eizan (Japanese, 1787–1867) Edo period (1615–1868)

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Album of Fifteen Triptychs of Famous Battlescenes

Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861) Edo period (1615–1868)

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

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

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Artisans, from the series "An Up-to-Date Parody of the Four Classes"

To represent artisans, one of the four classes (warriors, farmers, artisans, and merchants) of the Edo period, Kunisada replaced the men more typical of the theme with pretty women and illustrated the interior ... more

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Ghosts and Battle Scenes

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Twelve Hours of Spring Pleasures: Hour of the Dragon

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

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

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Actor as Master of Sagamiya (Sagamiya teishu)

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Famous Views of Edo: Kasumigaseki

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

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Album of Forty-eight Actor Prints

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Kabuki Scene at Kumagai's Camp, from the play The Chronicle of the Battle of Ichinotani (Ichinotani futaba gunki)

This triptych is a rare example from Kunisada's early career. It features the scene of Kumagai's camp from the Kabuki play The Chronicle of the Battle of Ichinotani, which was first performed in 1811. The three... more

Actor as Tokihira

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

Basketry Work: By the Craftsman Ichida Shōshichirō of Naniwa (Kagosaiku Naniwa saikujin Ichida Shōshichirō)

These prints on the theme of basket subjects by Kunisada were probably designed in autumn 1819, when an exhibition of basketry was held in the Ryōgoku district of Edo (present-day Tokyo). This exhibition also i... more

Basketry Work: By the Craftsman Ichida Shōshichirō of Naniwa (Kagosaiku Naniwa saikujin Ichida Shōshichirō)

These prints on the theme of basket subjects by Kunisada (JP212.15–.18) were probably designed in autumn 1819 when an exhibition of basketry was held in the Ryōgoku district of Edo (present-day Tokyo). This exh... more

Basketry Work: By the Craftsman Ichida Shōshichirō of Naniwa (Kagosaiku Naniwa saikujin Ichida Shōshichirō)

These prints on the theme of basket subjects by Kunisada (JP212.15–.18) were probably designed in autumn 1819 when an exhibition of basketry was held in the Ryōgoku district of Edo (present-day Tokyo). This exh... more

Ichikawa Danjūrō VII (1791–1859) in the Role of Konoshita Tokichi from the Scene "Mountain Gate" in the Play Yakko Yakko Edo Hanayari

This print, one sheet of a triptych, depicts Ichikawa Danjūrō VII holding in one hand an umbrella and in the other a duck, shot with an arrow and clasping a letter in its mouth. Danjūrō wears a kimono with a de... more

Basketry Work: By the Craftsman Ichida Shōshichirō of Naniwa (Kagosaiku Naniwa saikujin Ichida Shōshichirō)

These prints on the theme of basket subjects by Kunisada (JP212.15–.18) were probably designed in autumn 1819 when an exhibition of basketry was held in the Ryōgoku district of Edo (present-day Tokyo). This exh... more

Ichikawa Danjūrō VII Admiring Ichikawa Danjūrō I in a Portrait

This print shows the actor Ichikawa Danjūrō VII gazing at a portrait of his ancestor Danjūrō I. Seemingly in confrontation, the men adopt exaggerated poses (mie) and lance each other with piercing gazes. The fa... more

Danjūrō VII's Benkei as Fudō Myōō

Benkei is an armed and courageous warrior. Seated on a pile of humans, this character presents overlapping images of the superpowerful heroes Benkei and Fudō Myōō (Immovable Guardian King of the Buddhist Law), ... more

Ichikawa Danjūrō VII as Arajishi Otokonosuke

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

Book of Humorous Poems Named "Hundred Thousand Birds"

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

Ichikawa Danjūrō VII Preparing New Year's Gifts

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

Drawing Intended as Design for an Actor Print

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

The Thirty-Six Immortals of Poetry as Kabuki Actors (Yakusha sanjūrokkasen)

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

Futami-ga-ura Rocks at Ise, Land of Dawn

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

Memorial Portrait of Iwai Hanshirō VI

Utagawa Kunisada was one of the most prolific ukiyo-e artists of the nineteenth century. This memorial portrait (shini-e) portrays Iwai Hanshirō VI (1799–1836), the famous player of female roles in kabuki theat... more