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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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Love of Yatsufuji (Koi no Yatsufuji)

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

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Portrait of Arashi Kichizaburō III (1810–1864) in the Role of Baiōmaru

Kunisada, also known as Toyokuni III after the death of his master, was one of the most popular artists of the first half of the nineteenth century. This print portrays the actor Arashi Kichizaburō III (1810–18... more

Seishu Awabi-tori no Zu

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

Two Courtesans Enjoying the View from a Teahouse

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

Two Court Ladies (Goten Jochu) and a Geisha at a Restaurant

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

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

Utagawa Hiroshige (Japanese, Tokyo (Edo) 1797–1858 Tokyo (Edo)) Edo period (1615–1868)

A Bedside Guide to the Colors of Love in Spring (Shunshoku neya no shiori)

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

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

Asahina Fuji Hyoe

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

Genji roku no hana

Utagawa Kunisada (Japanese, 1786–1865)

Udeno Kisaburo Dries His Neck at Night

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

Three Actors on Stage: Kumagai Naozane

Utagawa Kunisada (Japanese, 1786–1865)

The Third Princess and Kashiwagi, from the Tale of Genji (Genji monogatari)

One of the ukiyo-e artists' favorite scenes in the Tale of Genji was an episode from Chapter 34, or New Herbs I. The youth Kashiwagi happens to notice a kitten running out from under a bamboo blind, behind whic... more

Seki Sanjūrō III as Ōdera Shōbei from "Kosode Soga azami no ironui"

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

Prince Genji Visits the Gankirō Tea House

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

Mitsuuji in the Maruyama Pleasure District of Nagasaki (Nagasaki dejima)

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

Ichimura Takenojō V as Yukanba Kozō Kichiza, from A Modern Water Margin (Kinsei suikoden)

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

Utagawa's Lifetime Masterpiece, from the Japanese version of the Shuihu Zhuan

The Chinese vernacular novel known as the Shuihu Zhuan (Suikoden in Japanese), relating the adventures of the 108 heroes of Liangshan, became enormously popular in nineteenth-century Japan, and many Japanese no... more

Fifty-Three Stations of the Tōkaidō: Inspired by Famous Pictures

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

Kabuki Actor in a Female Role Standing with a Fan

Utagawa Kunisada (Japanese, 1786–1865)

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

Annual event - the third month (Ukiyo nenjū gyōji: Yayoi)

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

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

Two Courtesans Enjoying the View from a Teahouse

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

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

Landscape in the Mist

One of a series of eleven prints on the theme of atmospheric phenomena such as mist and rain, this picture demonstrates how Kunisada has freed himself from the constraints of the conventional genre of illustrat... more

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

Volume 3 of Unknown Erotic (Shunga) Set

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Weighing the Goods of Love (Enshoku shinasadame)

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

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

Memorial Portrait of Ichiryusai Hiroshige (1797–1858)

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

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

Ochanomizu in the Mist

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

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

Wild Words - a Play

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

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

Kabuki actors play the role of 47 Ronin (Seichū gishi den)

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