Utagawa Kuniyoshi (歌川国芳) (Biographical details)

Utagawa Kuniyoshi (歌川国芳) (printmaker; Japanese; Male; 1797 - 1861)

Also known as

Utagawa Kuniyoshi; Ichiyusai (一勇彩); Saihosha (採芳舎); Chooro (朝櫻楼); Sekkoku (雪谷); Senshin (仙真); Ryuen (柳燕); Ichimyokai Hodoyoshi (一妙開程芳); Ikusa (井草); Magosaburo (孫三郎); Yoshisaburo (芳三郎)

Biography

Print artist. Pupil of Utagawa Toyokuni. One of the three principal 'Ukiyo-e' artists of the late Edo period, together with Kunisada (Toyokuni III) and Hiroshige, Kuniyoshi is particularly noted for his warrior prints and prints of bizarre and comic subjects. He also did fine Western-style landscape prints during the 1830s and early 40s. Kuniyoshi had an extremely fertile imagination and produced a steady stream of novel innovations: he served as a source of vital energy in the late 'Ukiyo-e' world.