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Utagawa School of Ukiyo-e

The Utagawa school of Japanese ukiyo-eCreated by: PICRYLDated: 2017
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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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Hakoōmaru, Buyū chikara-gusa

Hakoōmaru, Buyū chikara-gusa

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)

Twelve Hours of Spring Pleasures: Hour of the Goat

Twelve Hours of Spring Pleasures: Hour of the Goat

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

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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)

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

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)

Contemporary Rendition of a Rogue: Kinezumi Kichigorō

Contemporary Rendition of a Rogue: Kinezumi Kichigorō

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

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

Album of Thirty Actor Prints

Album of Thirty Actor Prints

Sixteen prints by 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 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)

Cherries at Night at New Shimabara

Cherries at Night at New Shimabara

Utagawa Yoshitora (Japanese, active ca. 1850–80) 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)

Daimyo's Processions Passing along the Tōkaidō

Daimyo's Processions Passing along the Tōkaidō

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

Shibaura Bay of Musashi Province

Shibaura Bay of Musashi Province

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

Sumo Wrestling

Sumo Wrestling

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)

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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)

Daimyo's Processions Passing along the Tōkaidō

Daimyo's Processions Passing along the Tōkaidō

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

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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)

Craftsman by the Twelve Sign of Zodiac

Craftsman by the Twelve Sign of Zodiac

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

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Utagawa (Gountei) Sadahide (Japanese, 1807–1878/79) 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)

Panoramic View of Ryōgoku Bridge in the Summer

Panoramic View of Ryōgoku Bridge in the Summer

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

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

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

Vehicles on the Streets of Tokyo

Vehicles on the Streets of Tokyo

Utagawa Yoshitora (Japanese, active ca. 1850–80) 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)

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

Princess Yaegaki

Princess Yaegaki

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

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Utagawa Kunisada (Japanese, 1786–1865) 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)

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

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

Album of Fifteen Triptychs of Famous Battlescenes

Album of Fifteen Triptychs of Famous Battlescenes

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

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

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

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...

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

Twelve Hours of Spring Pleasures: Hour of the Dragon

Twelve Hours of Spring Pleasures: Hour of the Dragon

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

Fuwa Banzaemon

Fuwa Banzaemon

Utagawa Toyokuni II (Japanese, 1777–1835) Edo period (1615–1868)

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

Upright Landscape

Upright Landscape

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

Panoramic Landscape

Panoramic Landscape

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

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

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

View of Iris Gardens at Horikiri

View of Iris Gardens at Horikiri

Utagawa Hiroshige II (Japanese, 1829–1869) Edo period (1615–1868)

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Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861) 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)

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

Famous Views of Edo: Kasumigaseki

Famous Views of Edo: Kasumigaseki

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

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Utagawa Sadakage (Japanese, active mid-19th century) 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)

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

Observations on the Opening of Yokohama (Yokohama kaikō kenbunshi)

Observations on the Opening of Yokohama (Yokohama kaikō kenbunshi)

Utagawa (Gountei) Sadahide (Japanese, 1807–1878/79) 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)

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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)

Craftsman by the Twelve Sign of Zodiac

Craftsman by the Twelve Sign of Zodiac

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

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

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

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

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Utagawa Kunisada (Japanese, 1786–1865) 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)

Narumi, Meibutsu Arimatsu Shibori

Narumi, Meibutsu Arimatsu Shibori

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

Eight Views of Edo

Eight Views of Edo

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