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Utagawa Kuniyoshi

  1798        1861
   •   Asian art   •   Wikipedia: Utagawa Kuniyoshi
224 Discovered works of art  •  ID: #4561
Utagawa Kuniyoshis born Igusa Magosaburo was the son of a silk dyer. Noble thread and dazzling colors surrounded Utagawa from early childhood and his first artistic steps were painted kimonos. Born and raised in Edo, today's Tokyo, the young artist had contacts in the artist scene of the Ukiyo-e movement. Already during his apprenticeship Utagawa made wood prints, which received great recognition. Actors portraits, book illustrations and a series of sights of his hometown are among his early works.

Kuniyoshi, as he was called after completing his training, made only a small number of landscape paintings. Unusual for Japanese artists, Utagawa moved fighting samurai and mythological figures into the center of his motifs. In one of his best-known pictures, "One Hundred and Eight Heroes of Chinese History," the elements of struggle and fantasy can be found again.

The 19th century artist generation was influenced by cultural exchange with Europe. As the European eye became accustomed to the forms of Japanese woodblock printing, Asian artists increasingly adopted the perspective laws. "Kakinomoto Hitomaro" clearly shows an intensely colored foreground and a fading, bright landscape in the background. The play of light and shadow found its way into the printing technique. Together with the artist Kobayashi Kiyochika Kuniyoshi coined the term kisses-ga or "images of sun rays". © Meisterdrucke


Yoko and the tiger, from 'Twenty...
Undated | colour woodblock print

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Yoko and the tiger, from 'Twenty...
0 | colour woodblock print

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Illustration of the Emperor Tenc...
1840 | colour woodblock print

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Illustration of the Emperor Tenc...
1840 | colour woodblock print

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Tameijiro Genshogo slaying Orin,...
1827 | colour woodblock print

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Tameijiro Genshogo slaying Orin,...
1827 | colour woodblock print

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Girl washing a patterned cloth, ...
1848 | colour woodblock print

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Girl washing a patterned cloth, ...
1848 | colour woodblock print

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Actor Ichikawa Danjuro VIII as Y...
1852 | colour woodblock print

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Actor Ichikawa Danjuro VIII as Y...
1852 | colour woodblock print

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1852 | colour woodblock print

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1852 | colour woodblock print

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The Actor Ichikawa Danjuro VIII ...
1847 | colour woodblock print

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The Actor Ichikawa Danjuro VIII ...
1847 | colour woodblock print

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Ten Warriors of the Oguri Clan: ...
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Ten Warriors of the Oguri Clan: ...
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1844 | colour woodblock print

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1844 | colour woodblock print

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Gio and Giji Gathering Flowers, ...
Undated | pen, ink and watercolour on paper

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Gio and Giji Gathering Flowers, ...
0 | pen, ink and watercolour on paper

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Yojibeis Opfer
1849 | printmaking

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Yojibeis Opfer
1849 | printmaking

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Brazier (Kotatsu) from the serie...
Undated | woodblock print with blind embossing

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Brazier (Kotatsu) from the serie...
0 | woodblock print with blind embossing

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Tametomo's Ten Heroic Deeds, Edo...
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Tametomo's Ten Heroic Deeds, Edo...
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1843 | colour woodblock print

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1843 | colour woodblock print

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Sasai Kyuzo Masayasu
1847 | Woodcut on paper

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Sasai Kyuzo Masayasu
1847 | Woodcut on paper

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Tameijiro dan Shogo grappling wi...
Undated | colour woodblock print

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Tameijiro dan Shogo grappling wi...
0 | colour woodblock print

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Illustration of the Abe no Nakam...
1840 | colour woodblock print

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Illustration of the Abe no Nakam...
1840 | colour woodblock print

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Biographies of Loyal Samurai: Na...
Undated | colour woodblock print

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Biographies of Loyal Samurai: Na...
0 | colour woodblock print

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Fashionable Crowd of the New Yea...
1847 | colour woodblock print

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Fashionable Crowd of the New Yea...
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1842 | colour woodblock print

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1842 | colour woodblock print

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Warriors Matched with Chapters i...
1846 | colour woodblock print

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Warriors Matched with Chapters i...
1846 | colour woodblock print

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The Monster's Chūshingura (Bakem...
Undated | Woodcut on paper

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The Monster's Chūshingura (Bakem...
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