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Utagawa School of Ukiyo-e

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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Kabuki Actor

Utagawa Toyoshige (Japanese, active 1802?–?1835) Edo period (1615–1868)

Clearing Weather after Snow at Massaki

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

Illustration of Poem by the Emperor Kwoko

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

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

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

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

Cooling at Nakazu/ Kabuki Theater

Utagawa Toyoharu (Japanese, 1735–1814) Edo period (1615–1868)

Hirame and Mebaru Fish with Cherry Blossoms, from the series Uozukushi (Every Variety of Fish)

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

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

Weeping Cherry

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

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

Ebisu and Benten Walking in the Snow

Utagawa Toyohiro (Japanese, 1763–1828) Edo period (1615–1868)

Perspective Print: Shinobazu Pond

Utagawa Toyoharu (Japanese, 1735–1814) Edo period (1615–1868)

Shiba Atogayama

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

Tobiuo and Ishimochi Fish, from the series Uozukushi (Every Variety of Fish)

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

Fifty-three Stations on the Tokaido Road

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

Rose

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

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

The Warrior Slaying the Giant White Hihi

This print illustrates a warrior of legendary bravery, Iwami Jūtarō, slaying a monstrous ape (hihi). The huge ape is carefully embossed on uncolored paper to reveal the texture of the animal's hair. In contrast... more

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

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

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

Black and White Print of Butterfly and Flower (a Pink)

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

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

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

Full Blossom at Arashiyama on the Oi River

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

Boats Returning to Gyotoku

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

Evening Rain on the Karasaki Pine

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

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

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

Meguro Gionin Zaka

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

France

Utagawa Yoshikazu (Japanese, active ca. 1850–1870) Edo (1615–1868)–Meiji period (1868–1912)

White Rain at Shōno

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

Mountains and Rivers Along the Kisokaidō

Utagawa Hiroshige (Japanese, Tokyo (Edo) 1797–1858 Tokyo (Edo))

Sunset at Seta

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

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

Morning Cherry Blossoms at Shin-Yoshiwara

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

Isaki and Kasago Fish, from the series Uozukushi (Every Variety of Fish)

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

Evening Snow on Mount Hira

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

Arashiyama Manka

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

Sunset at Seta

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

Nagakubo

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

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

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

Picture of Mitsumata

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

Evening Rain at Karasaki, Pine Tree

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

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

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

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

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)

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

Sails Returning to Yahashi

Utagawa Toyohiro (Japanese, 1763–1828) Edo period (1615–1868)

Flower Arrangement of Suisen (Narcissus) in a Flat Green Dish

Utagawa Toyohiro (Japanese, 1763–1828) Edo period (1615–1868)

Long Tailed Bird

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

Version of Legend of Michizane: Woman Riding Ox Which a Man is Leading

Utagawa Toyohiro (Japanese, 1763–1828) Edo period (1615–1868)

Kanagashira and Karei Fish, from the series Uozukushi (Every Variety of Fish)

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

Kurodai and Kodai Fish with Bamboo Shoots and Berries, from the series Uozukushi (Every Variety of Fish)

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

Mitsuke; Tenryugawa Ferry, Station No. 29

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

Eastern Grey Wagtail and Rose

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

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

Wild Geese at Haneda

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

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

Shinagawa Hakkei Zaka

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

Morning Mist

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

Swallow and Wisteria

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

Clear Weather after Snow

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

Memorial Portrait of Ichiryusai Hiroshige (1797–1858)

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

English Couple Sharing an Umbrella

Utagawa Yoshitora (Japanese, active ca. 1850–80) Edo period (1615–1868)

Owl and Two Swallows

Utagawa Toyohiro (Japanese, 1763–1828) Edo period (1615–1868)

Battle of Ichi–no–tani, March 21, 1184

Utagawa Toyoharu (Japanese, 1735–1814) Edo period (1615–1868)

Vesper Bells at Mii Temple

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

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

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

France

Utagawa Yoshikazu (Japanese, active ca. 1850–1870) Edo period (1615–1868)

Mochizuki

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

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

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

Vesper Bells at Ikegami

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

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

Zojoji Temple at Shiba in Snow

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

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

Two Horses Beneath the Moon

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

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

Bow Moon

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

Long Bridge of Seta

Utagawa Hiroshige (Japanese, Tokyo (Edo) 1797–1858 Tokyo (Edo)) 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

View of Eating and Drinking by People of Five Countries

Utagawa Yoshitora (Japanese, active ca. 1850–80) Edo period (1615–1868)

Fishing Boats Returning to Yabase

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

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

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

Suzuki and Kinmedai Fish from the series Uozukushi (Every Variety of Fish)

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

Tea-houses on the Bank of the Tadasu River in a Shower

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

Ōi

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

Nagakubo, Station No. 28

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

Geese Flying Down to Katada

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

Blue Bird

Utagawa Hiroshige (Japanese, Tokyo (Edo) 1797–1858 Tokyo (Edo)) 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)

Asukayama in the Snow at Evening

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

Tanmeijirō Genshōgo Fighting Under Water

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

Bird on a Plum Branch

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

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

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

江戸十二景 仲洲之景

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