Buncho

Japanese , 1760 - 1794

A Japanese print designer and book illustrator, Buncho was born in the area which is now Tokyo in 1760. He may have been a student of the ukiyoe artist, Ishikawa Yukimoto. Buncho is primarily known for his hosoban (narrow format),yakushae (pictures of actors), and bijinga (pictures of beautiful women) prints.

He collaborated with Harunoba and Shunsho in 1770 to produce Ehon butai ogi (a picture book of stage fans) which challenged the traditional dominance of theatre illustration. The women that he portrayed in his art generally have high noses, pointed eyes, flat foreheads and pursed lips. Prints created post mortem suggest that he was active in the art world until his death in 1794.
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