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Utagawa School of Ukiyo-e

The Utagawa school of Japanese ukiyo-eCreated by: PICRYLDated: 2017
Utagawa Hiroshige - Ejiri, 19th century, Japan, Edo period
Woodblock printing in Japan is a best known for its use in the ukiyo-e artistic genre of single sheets. The Utagawa school (歌川派) was a group of Japanese woodblock print artists, founded by Toyoharu. His pupil, Toyokuni I, took over after Toyoharu's death and raised the group to become the most famous and powerful woodblock print school for the remainder of the 19th century.
Hiroshige, Kunisada, Kuniyoshi, and Yoshitoshi were Utagawa students. The school became so successful and well known that today more than half of all surviving ukiyo-e prints are from it.
Founder Toyoharu adopted Western-style deep perspective, an innovation in Japanese art. His immediate followers, Utagawa Toyohiro and Utagawa Toyokuni adopted bolder, more sensuous styles than Toyoharu and specialized in different genres — Toyohiro in landscapes and Toyokuni in kabuki actor prints. Later artists in the school specialized in other genres, such as warrior prints and mythic parodies.
It was a Japanese custom for successful apprentices to take the names of their masters. In the main Utagawa school, there was a hierarchy of gō (art-names), from the most senior to junior. As each senior person died, the others would move up a step.
The head of the school generally used the gō (and signed his prints) as Toyokuni. When Kunisada I proclaimed himself head of the school (c. 1842), he started signing as Toyokuni, and the next most senior member, Kochoro (a name also previously used by Kunisada I, but not as his chief gō), started signing as Kunisada (Kunisada II, in this case).
The next most senior member after him, in turn, began signing as Kunimasa (Kunimasa IV, in this case), which had been Kochoro's gō before he became Kunisada II. (The original Kunimasa I had been a student of Toyokuni I.)
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Contemporary Rendition of a Rogue: Kinezumi Kichigorō

Contemporary Rendition of a Rogue: Kinezumi Kichigorō

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

Utagawa Hiroshige - Arashiyama Manka, Japan, Edo period

Utagawa Hiroshige - Arashiyama Manka, Japan, Edo period

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

Utagawa Hiroshige - Weeping Cherry, Japan, Edo period

Utagawa Hiroshige - Weeping Cherry, Japan, Edo period

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

Print, 17th century, Japan, Edo period

Print, 17th century, Japan, Edo period

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

Print, 17th century, Japan, Edo period, Utagawa Kuniyoshi

Print, 17th century, Japan, Edo period, Utagawa Kuniyoshi

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

Print, 17th century, Japan, Edo period

Print, 17th century, Japan, Edo period

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

Print, 17th century, Japan, Edo period

Print, 17th century, Japan, Edo period

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

Print, 17th century, Japan, Edo period, Utagawa Kuniyoshi

Print, 17th century, Japan, Edo period, Utagawa Kuniyoshi

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

Picture of Mitsumata, Japan, Edo period, Utagawa Kuniyoshi

Picture of Mitsumata, Japan, Edo period, Utagawa Kuniyoshi

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

Album of Forty-eight Actor Prints

Album of Forty-eight Actor Prints

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

Utagawa Hiroshige - Vesper Bells at Mii Temple

Utagawa Hiroshige - Vesper Bells at Mii Temple

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

Observations on the Opening of Yokohama (Yokohama kaikō kenbunshi) Utagawa Sadahide

Observations on the Opening of Yokohama (Yokohama kaikō kenbunshi) Uta...

Utagawa (Gountei) Sadahide (Japanese, 1807–1878/79) Edo period (1615–1868)

Fifty-three Stations on the Tokaido Road

Fifty-three Stations on the Tokaido Road

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

Utagawa Hiroshige - Bow Moon, Japan, Edo period

Utagawa Hiroshige - Bow Moon, Japan, Edo period

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

Proof Line-Block Print for Fan Utagawa Sadahide

Proof Line-Block Print for Fan Utagawa Sadahide

Utagawa (Gountei) Sadahide (Japanese, 1807–1878/79) Edo period (1615–1868)

Utagawa Hiroshige - Gotenyama-no Hana, Japan, Edo period

Utagawa Hiroshige - Gotenyama-no Hana, Japan, Edo period

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

Utagawa Hiroshige - Shiba Atogayama, Japan, Edo period

Utagawa Hiroshige - Shiba Atogayama, Japan, Edo period

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

Utagawa Hiroshige - Two Horses Beneath the Moon

Utagawa Hiroshige - Two Horses Beneath the Moon

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

Proof Line-Block Print for Fan Utagawa Sadahide

Proof Line-Block Print for Fan Utagawa Sadahide

Utagawa (Gountei) Sadahide (Japanese, 1807–1878/79) Edo period (1615–1868)

Craftsman by the Twelve Sign of Zodiac, Utagawa Kuniyoshi

Craftsman by the Twelve Sign of Zodiac, Utagawa Kuniyoshi

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

Print, 17th century, Japan, Edo period

Print, 17th century, Japan, Edo period

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

Utagawa Hiroshige - Nagakubo, Japan, Edo period

Utagawa Hiroshige - Nagakubo, Japan, Edo period

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

Utagawa Hiroshige - Bird on a Plum Branch

Utagawa Hiroshige - Bird on a Plum Branch

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

Woman and Child under a Cherry Tree, Utagawa Toyohiro
Print, 17th century, Japan, Edo period

Print, 17th century, Japan, Edo period

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

Utagawa Hiroshige - Sunset at Seta, Japan, Edo period

Utagawa Hiroshige - Sunset at Seta, Japan, Edo period

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

Utagawa Sadakage - Print, 17th century, Japan, Edo period

Utagawa Sadakage - Print, 17th century, Japan, Edo period

Utagawa Sadakage (Japanese, active mid-19th century) Edo period (1615–1868)

Poems on Portraits of the Famous and the Infamous
Print, 17th century, Japan, Edo period, Utagawa Kuniyoshi

Print, 17th century, Japan, Edo period, Utagawa Kuniyoshi

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

Print, 17th century, Japan, Edo period

Print, 17th century, Japan, Edo period

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

The Imado Bridge at the Foot of Mount Matsuchi
Print, 17th century, Japan, Edo period

Print, 17th century, Japan, Edo period

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

Utagawa Hiroshige - Zojoji Temple at Shiba in Snow

Utagawa Hiroshige - Zojoji Temple at Shiba in Snow

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

Print, 17th century, Japan, Edo period

Print, 17th century, Japan, Edo period

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

Spring Rain at Tsuchiyama (50th Station of the Tōkaidō)

Spring Rain at Tsuchiyama (50th Station of the Tōkaidō)

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

Utagawa Hiroshige - Mitsuke; Tenryugawa Ferry, Station No. 29

Utagawa Hiroshige - Mitsuke; Tenryugawa Ferry, Station No. 29

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

Print, 17th century, Japan, Edo period

Print, 17th century, Japan, Edo period

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

Artisans, from the series "An Up-to-Date Parody of the Four Classes"
Album of Prints by Various Artists, Utagawa Kuniteru

Album of Prints by Various Artists, Utagawa Kuniteru

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

Print, 17th century, Japan, Edo period

Print, 17th century, Japan, Edo period

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

Utagawa Hiroshige - Evening Rain on the Karasaki Pine

Utagawa Hiroshige - Evening Rain on the Karasaki Pine

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

Illustration of Poem by the Emperor Kwoko, Utagawa Kuniyoshi

Illustration of Poem by the Emperor Kwoko, Utagawa Kuniyoshi

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

Print, 17th century, Japan, Edo period

Print, 17th century, Japan, Edo period

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

Utagawa Hiroshige - Bow Moon, Japan, Edo period

Utagawa Hiroshige - Bow Moon, Japan, Edo period

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

Utagawa Hiroshige - Print, 17th century, Japan, Edo period

Utagawa Hiroshige - Print, 17th century, Japan, Edo period

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

Print, 17th century, Japan, Edo period

Print, 17th century, Japan, Edo period

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

Print, 17th century, Japan, Edo period

Print, 17th century, Japan, Edo period

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

Print, 17th century, Japan, Edo period

Print, 17th century, Japan, Edo period

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

Print, 17th century, Japan, Edo period

Print, 17th century, Japan, Edo period

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

Print, 17th century, Japan, Edo period, Utagawa Kuniyoshi

Print, 17th century, Japan, Edo period, Utagawa Kuniyoshi

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

Utagawa Hiroshige - Morning Mist, Japan, Edo period

Utagawa Hiroshige - Morning Mist, Japan, Edo period

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

Paragons of Filial Piety (from a set of twenty-four)

Paragons of Filial Piety (from a set of twenty-four)

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

Print, 17th century, Japan, Edo period

Print, 17th century, Japan, Edo period

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

江戸十二景 仲洲之景

江戸十二景 仲洲之景

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

Sumo Wrestling, 17th century, Utagawa Kuniteru

Sumo Wrestling, 17th century, Utagawa Kuniteru

The referee, holding a fan, is identified as Kimura andthe judge, Furiwake, a former wrestler, sits to the left with his pipe. Utagawa Kuniteru (Japanese, 1830–1874) Edo period (1615–1868)

Kochi Fish with Eggplant, from the series Uozukushi (Every Variety of Fish)

Kochi Fish with Eggplant, from the series Uozukushi (Every Variety of ...

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

Picture of the Theatres in Sakai Cho

Picture of the Theatres in Sakai Cho

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

Utagawa Hiroshige - Nagakubo, Station No. 28

Utagawa Hiroshige - Nagakubo, Station No. 28

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

Utagawa Hiroshige - Sunset at Seta, Japan, Edo period

Utagawa Hiroshige - Sunset at Seta, Japan, Edo period

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

Utagawa Hiroshige - Geese Flying Down to Katada

Utagawa Hiroshige - Geese Flying Down to Katada

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

Bora Fish with Camellia, from the series Uozukushi (Every Variety of Fish)

Bora Fish with Camellia, from the series Uozukushi (Every Variety of F...

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

Print, 17th century, Japan, Edo period

Print, 17th century, Japan, Edo period

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

Print, 17th century, Japan, Edo period

Print, 17th century, Japan, Edo period

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

Utagawa Hiroshige - Ōi, Japan, Edo period

Utagawa Hiroshige - Ōi, Japan, Edo period

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

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

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

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

Competition of Contemporary Fashions: Sexy Beauty

Competition of Contemporary Fashions: Sexy Beauty

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

Utagawa Hiroshige - Long Bridge of Seta

Utagawa Hiroshige - Long Bridge of Seta

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

Print, 17th century, Japan, Edo period

Print, 17th century, Japan, Edo period

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

Ghosts and Battle Scenes
Utagawa Hiroshige - Wild Geese at Haneda

Utagawa Hiroshige - Wild Geese at Haneda

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

Utagawa Toyoharu - Courtesan and her Attendant under a Cherry 
Tree
Print, 17th century, Japan, Edo period

Print, 17th century, Japan, Edo period

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

Utagawa Hiroshige - The Monkey Bridge, Japan, Edo period

Utagawa Hiroshige - The Monkey Bridge, Japan, Edo period

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

Proof Line-Block Print for Fan Utagawa Sadahide

Proof Line-Block Print for Fan Utagawa Sadahide

Utagawa (Gountei) Sadahide (Japanese, 1807–1878/79) Edo period (1615–1868)

Print, 17th century, Japan, Edo period, Utagawa Kuniyoshi

Print, 17th century, Japan, Edo period, Utagawa Kuniyoshi

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

Print, 17th century, Japan, Edo period

Print, 17th century, Japan, Edo period

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

Utagawa Hiroshige - Morning Cherries at Yoshiwara

Utagawa Hiroshige - Morning Cherries at Yoshiwara

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

Full Blossom at Arashiyama on the Oi River

Full Blossom at Arashiyama on the Oi River

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

Utagawa Hiroshige - Evening Snow on Mount Hira

Utagawa Hiroshige - Evening Snow on Mount Hira

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

Utagawa Hiroshige - Morning Cherry Blossoms at Shin-Yoshiwara

Utagawa Hiroshige - Morning Cherry Blossoms at Shin-Yoshiwara

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

江戸高名会亭尽 池之端 蓬莱亭 青楼花見の休み

江戸高名会亭尽 池之端 蓬莱亭 青楼花見の休み

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

Print, 17th century, Japan, Edo period

Print, 17th century, Japan, Edo period

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

Print, 17th century, Japan, Edo period

Print, 17th century, Japan, Edo period

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

Daimyo's Processions Passing along the Tōkaidō Utagawa Sadahide

Daimyo's Processions Passing along the Tōkaidō Utagawa Sadahide

Utagawa (Gountei) Sadahide (Japanese, 1807–1878/79) Edo period (1615–1868)

Utagawa Hiroshige - Asukayama in the Snow at Evening

Utagawa Hiroshige - Asukayama in the Snow at Evening

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

Print, 17th century, Japan, Edo period

Print, 17th century, Japan, Edo period

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

Print, 17th century, Japan, Edo period

Print, 17th century, Japan, Edo period

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

Print, 17th century, Japan, Edo period

Print, 17th century, Japan, Edo period

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

Rain of the Fifth Month (Samidare)
Utagawa Hiroshige - Boats Returning to Gyotoku

Utagawa Hiroshige - Boats Returning to Gyotoku

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

Album of Fifteen Triptychs of Famous Battlescenes, Utagawa Kuniyoshi

Album of Fifteen Triptychs of Famous Battlescenes, Utagawa Kuniyoshi

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

Utagawa Hiroshige - Sōshū, Enoshima Iwaya no Zu

Utagawa Hiroshige - Sōshū, Enoshima Iwaya no Zu

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

Proof Line-Block Print for Fan Utagawa Sadahide

Proof Line-Block Print for Fan Utagawa Sadahide

Utagawa (Gountei) Sadahide (Japanese, 1807–1878/79) Edo period (1615–1868)

Utagawa Hiroshige - Rose, Japan, Edo period

Utagawa Hiroshige - Rose, Japan, Edo period

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

Actor as Master of Sagamiya (Sagamiya teishu)

Actor as Master of Sagamiya (Sagamiya teishu)

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

Print, 17th century, Japan, Edo period

Print, 17th century, Japan, Edo period

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

Roshungi (Chinese, Lu Zhunyi) as a Woman with a Pipe Riding on a Buffalo

Roshungi (Chinese, Lu Zhunyi) as a Woman with a Pipe Riding on a Buffa...

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

Utagawa Hiroshige - Evening Rain at Karasaki, Pine Tree

Utagawa Hiroshige - Evening Rain at Karasaki, Pine Tree

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

Observations on the Opening of Yokohama (Yokohama kaiko kenbunshi)

Observations on the Opening of Yokohama (Yokohama kaiko kenbunshi)

Utagawa (Gountei) Sadahide (Japanese, 1807–1878/79) Edo period (1615–1868)

Enjoying the Evening Cool under a Gourd Trellis
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