Utagawa Kuniyoshi

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In this Japanese name, the family name is Utagawa.

Utagawa Kuniyoshi (歌川 国芳, January 1, 1798[1]-April 14, 1862), also called Kuniyoshi, was a Japanese artist. He was a masters of the ukiyo-e style of woodblock prints and painting.[2]

Career[change | change source]

Kuniyoshi was part of the Utagawa school of artists.[3]

The range of Kuniyoshi's subjects included landscapes, beautiful women, Kabuki actors, cats, and mythical animals. He is known images of the battles of samurai and legendary heroes.[4] His work was affected by Western art and caricature.[2]

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi was one of his students.

His work influenced Toyohara Chikanobu.[5]

Takashi Murakami credits the influence of Kuniyoshi in his work.[4]

List of print series[change | change source]

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  • Illustrated Abridged Biography of the Founder (c. 1831)
  • Famous Views of the Eastern Capital (c. 1834)
  • Heroes of Our Country's Suikoden (c. 1836)
  • Stories of Wise and Virtuous Women (c. 1841-1842)
  • Fifty-Three Parallels for the Tōkaidō (1843–1845)
  • Twenty-Four Paragons of Filial Piety (1843–1846)
  • Mirror of the Twenty-Four Paragons of Filial Piety (1844–1846)
  • Six Crystal Rivers (1847–1848)
  • Fidelity in Revenge (c. 1848)
  • Twenty-Four Chinese Paragons of Filial Piety (c. 1848)
  • Sixty-Nine Stations along the Kisokaido (1852)
  • Portraits of Samurai of True Loyalty (1852)
  • 24 Generals of the Kai Provence (1853)

Gallery[change | change source]

Multi-panel impressions, tryptichs[change | change source]

Yoko-e, a print in horizontal or "landscape" format[change | change source]

Single panel format[change | change source]

Themes[change | change source]

Kuniyoshi made many images of cats.

Kuniyoshi made images which were caricatures.

References[change | change source]

  1. Ōkubo, Junichi (1994), "Utagawa Kuniyoshi", Asashi Nihon rekishi jinbutsu jiten (朝日日本歴史人物事典) (in Japanese), Tokyo, Japan: Asahi Shimbun Company, ISBN 4023400521
  2. 2.0 2.1 Nussbaum, Louis Frédéric et al. (2005). "Kuniyoshi" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 576.
  3. Nussbaum, "Utagawa-ryū" at p. 1018.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Lubow, Arthur. "Everything But the Robots: A Kuniyoshi Retrospective Reveals the Roots of Manga," New York Magazine. March 7, 2010; retrieved 2012-3-29.
  5. "Yōshū Chikanobu [obituary]," Miyako Shimbun, No. 8847, October 2, 1912. p. 195.
  6. Kitagawa, Hiroshi et al. (1975). The Tale of the Heike, pp. 511-513.
  7. Nussbaum, "Miyamoto Musashi" at p. 650.
  8. Nussbaum, "Kakinomoto no hitomaro" at p. 456.

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