TOYOKUNI III (d.i. Utagawa KUNISADA, 1786 - 1864)
The Actor Ichikawa Ebizô V as Endô Musha Moritô

Signature: Kôchôrô Toyokuni ga Publisher’s Seal: Minatoya ...

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Actors Ichikawa Danjûrô VI and Kataoka Nizaemon VIII

Actors Ichikawa Danjûrô VI as Gorobei Masamune (right), ...

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Kabuki Play at the Ichmuraza-Theater

Actors Sawamura Tanosuke as Lady Minazuruhime, Nakamura ...

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Isshi Gorōichi, Ishikawa Gōemon

(Ishikawa Gōemon and his only son Gorōichi) Signature: ...

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Kanjin ōsumō no zu

A charity Sumo tounament which took place at the Ryōgoku ...

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Somei (District of Edo)

upper right: Utagawa KUNIHISA (1832 - 1891) Series: Edo ...

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Chûshingura Ekyodai Nanadan-me, Act VII (Shichidanme)

Series: Chûshingura ekyôdai (Matched Pictures for The ...

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The Actor Nakamura Shikan as Miho-no-ya Shirô Kunitosh

Signature: Toyokuni ga Publisher’s Seal: Kagiya ...

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A young mother with her son, who holds a fan depicting maple lea

Series: Hyakunin isshu e shô, No. 17 (Hundred Poems by ...

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Ryôgokubashi yûsuzumi kôkei (Summer Breeze at Ryôgoku Bridge)

Signature: Ôju Kunisada aratame nidai Toyokuni ...

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Actor of a Kabuki Play as Yagurashita Nizaemon

Signature:Toyokuni ga Publisher's Seal: Sen-ichi Cencor's ...

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Actor Matsumoto Kôshirô VI as Niki Danjô as he transforms into a

unusual depiction including spectators Series: Seisho ...

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Portait and Poem by Spseo Hôshi (9.Jh.)

Series: Hyakunin isshu e shô, No. 21 (Hundred Poems by ...

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Utagawa Kunisada (also known as Utagawa Toyokuni III, 1786 – 1865) was the most popular, the most productive and the most commercially successful designer of Japanese woodblock prints (ukiyo-e) in the 19th century. His reputation outbid his contemporaries, Hokusai, Hiroshige and Kuniyoshi, by far. Kunisada was always setting the trends by following the most recent influences. He was always aware of the mainstream tastes.

About the year 1800, Kunisada joined the Utagawa school (founded by Utagawa Toyoharu) and became a student of Utagawa Toyokuni I. He was then given the official artist name KUNI-sada, which was inspired by the first character from the second part of the name Toyo-KUNI.

Succeeding his master, Kunisada's main subject was kabuki actor prints. Additionally, he was also highly active in bijin-ga (pictures of beautiful women). From 1820 to 1860 he was the most demanded artist to create portraits of sumo wrestlers. From 1835 to 1850, Kunisada was the only ukiyo-e artist who illustrated The Tale of Genji. In 1844, he finally adopted the name of his master Toyokuni I. Therefore, he used the signature Kunisada becoming Toyokuni II.

After this short period, he signed only Toyokuni. In the mid-1840s and early 1850s, when woodblock prints were in high demand in Japan, Kunisada cooperated with Hiroshige and Kuniyoshi. Notable students of Kunisada were Toyohara Kunichika, Utagawa Sadahide and Utagawa Kunisada II.

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