Utagawa Kunisada (aka Toyokuni III)
Ukiyo-e painter and printmaker Utagawa Kunisada began his training as an apprentice to Toyokuni I around 1800. His first woodblock print dates to 1807, and shortly after, he was producing ehon (woodblock illustrated books) illustrations. Kunisada also produced bijin prints of beautiful women, but was most prolific in his kabukai actor prints, which were popular subjects in the Utagawa school.
In 1844, after the son-in-law of Toyokuni I died, Kunisada adopted the artist name Toyokuni III, and identified himself as such on all later prints. In the mid-nineteenth century, he collaborated with two other famous ukiyo-e artists, Hiroshige and Kuniyoshi, to produce three large series of prints. It is estimated that Kunisada produced over twenty thousand designs during his career. Read Less