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Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)

One of the last recognized masters of ukiyo-e, few other printmakers ever matched Kuniyoshi's detail and artistry, and his ability to capture the passion and intensity of famous warriors.

Early life

Kuniyoshi was born and raised in Edo (modern day Tokyo) during the final phase of the Tokugawa Shogunate. His father worked as a silk dyer, so Kuniyoshi was exposed to the arts at a young age. In his early teens, he worked as an apprentice for the renowned woodblock print artist Toyokuni.

Woodblock printing

As a young man, Kuniyoshi developed his own bold and original style. While he designed a variety of subjects, such as landscapes, actors, mythical creatures, and beauties, his favorite theme was samurai. By far, his most famous series was "Seichu gishi den" (Stories of the True Loyalty of the Faithful Samurai), begun in August 1847 and completed in January 1848, based on the true story of the forty-seven ronin. This series is an absolute masterwork and is considered the ultimate forty-seven ronin series among collectors and scholars alike.

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Horio Yoshiharu Battling a Giant boar in Mt. Inaba, 1847
Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)
Fantastic design, first time offered
$1675.00 Fixed Price
Baba Mino no Kami Nobufusa
Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)
Beautiful color, fine printing
$735.00 Fixed Price
The Five Festivals: Autumn Leaf Viewing, 1849
Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)
Fantastic, rare design
$695.00 Fixed Price
Yoritomo’s Battle at Hiraizumi in Mutsu Province: The Attack by Water, 1851 - 1852
Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)
Dramatic musha-e triptych
$1485.00 Fixed Price
Scene from Satomi Hakkenden, 1852
Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)
Great Kuniyoshi design, famous story
$535.00 Fixed Price
The Council of the Loyal Retainers, 1851 - 1852
Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)
Rare Kuniyoshi triptych
$485.00 Fixed Price
Odawara: Minamoto Yoritomo and Hojo Masako, circa 1845
Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)
Great Fifty-three Pairs Tokaido series
$385.00 Fixed Price
Scene from Kotoba no hana momiji no Yozakari, 1849
Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)
Great Kuniyoshi triptych
$1235.00 Fixed Price
Mukojima Restaurant: Nakamura Kanemon IV as Miyamoto Musashi, 1852
Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)
Great series
$535.00 Fixed Price
The 47 Ronin at Ryogoku Bridge, 1847 - 1850
Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)
Excellent Kuniyoshi Ronin triptych
$2475.00 Fixed Price

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