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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Sekidera Komachi

ca. 1822

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A Contest of Beauties, Spring Dawn: Applying Moxa

ca. 1822

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Comparison of the Fans of Current Actors: Fan of Ichikawa Danjuro VII

ca. 1822

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Humorous Matching Pictures: Tale of Shima

ca. 1836-38

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Matching with Five Colors of the Floating World: White

1845

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One Hundred Beauties from Famous Places in Edo: Hanakawado

1857

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Shunkan Sozu, Oyasu, Oben, Ariomaru, Kameomaru

ca. 1850

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Mirrors for Collage Pictures in the Modern Style: Kanawa Goro Imakuni

1859

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Mirrors as Stylish Collage Pictures: Ichikawa Ichizo III as Dekiboshi no Sankichi

1859

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Mirrors as Stylish Collage Pictures: Kajiwara Heizo Kagetoshi

ca. 1860

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Mirrors for Collage Pictures in the Modern Style: Shirabyoshi Sakurako

1860

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Things That Start with the Syllable Ki: Thirteen, Kikaigashima, the actors Nakamura Shikan IV as Shunkan and Ichikawa Shinsha I as Oyasu

1861

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Backstage: Nakamura Shikan IV

1861

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Backstage: Ichikawa Ichizo III

1862

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

1860

Stanza Del Borgo S.R.L.

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

1860

Stanza Del Borgo S.R.L.

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