Utagawa Kuniyoshi

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Utagawa (歌川) family name, Kuniyoshi (国芳) first name, (1798-1861)

Kuniyoshi as depicted by student Ochiai Yoshiiku.

Utagawa Kuniyoshi was a popular Ukiyo-e illustrator known for his pictures of warriors. His oeuvre includes erotic prints and bondage images.

Activities

Artist

Alternate Name(s)

歌川国芳 (Japanese), 一勇斎国芳

Biography

1798: Born on January 1 in Edo.

1812: Becomes a student of Utagawa Toyokuni.

1827: The Water Margin and Warrior Pictures become popular.

Interesting point(s)

Student of Utagawa Toyokuni.

Teacher of Yoshitoshi Tsukioka and Ochiai Yoshiiku.

Seiu Ito commented that "There are probably few artists over the years who have researched assault as deeply as Kuniyoshi." [1]

Selected Works

  • Tokaido Yotsuya Kaidan (1835) Erotic illustrated story book with bondage.
  • Yamanaya Urasato Series (1851)
  • Miraculous Paintings by Ukiyo Matabei (1853)
  • Famous Mirror of Loyal Retainers (1857)
  • Giyu Hakkenden (series)

Image Gallery



References

  1. Seiu Ito. On Shunga. Bessetsu Hoseki. Oct 1959. p18.

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