Japanese , 1810 - 1864

Konishi Hirosada was an ukiyo-e artist of the Osaka printmaking school, possibly one of the most outstanding. His artistic activities coincide with a thriving period of popularity in the theaters. Hirosada’s prints can be characterized by an unusually expressive and dramatic style. In the Dictionary of Japanese Artists, Hirosada is mentioned as a pupil of Kunimasu Utagawa. His original name was Sadahiro, but he changed it in 1847 by reversing the first and last four characters to Hirosada. The print size that Hirosada most frequently employed was the smaller Chuban format of about 7.5 x 10 inches. This smaller format was probably used because it best served the commercial purpose of the prints.
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