Utagawa Kunisada (aka Toyokuni III)

Japanese , 1786 - 1864

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.
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Actor Nakamura Shikan IV as Kiyomizu no Chigo Sutewakamaru

1860

Scholten Japanese Art

$2,200 - $5,500

Actor Nakamura Shikan II in The Nine Transformations

ca. 1833

Scholten Japanese Art

$2,200 - $5,500

Portrait of the Actor Arashi Hinasuke on the Role of Tezuka Taro

1860

Stanza Del Borgo S.R.L.

Under $2,200

Portrait of the Actor Kataoka Nizaemon Viii in the Role of Kameya Chubei

1860

Stanza Del Borgo S.R.L.

Under $2,200

A Young Lady Playing with a Wind-Toy

Stanza Del Borgo S.R.L.

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Beauty Holding Cat

1831

Egenolf Gallery Japanese Prints

Price upon request

Ichikawa Ebizo V as Usui Arataro Sadamitsu

Israel Goldman

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Beauties Returning From the Bath on a Summer Evening

1845

The Art of Japan

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Shirabioshi (Temple Dancer)

c. 1840

Allinson Gallery, Inc.

Under $2,200

Kyoto/Keishi

1852

Allinson Gallery, Inc.

Under $2,200