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Utagawa Kuniyoshi

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Born: 1798 • Died: 1861 • Nationality: Japanese

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About Utagawa Kuniyoshi's Art

Utagawa Kuniyoshi was one of the great masters of ukiyo-e, the Japanese Woodblock printing technique. His art is characterized by its vibrant colors, dynamic compositions and action-packed scenes. Kuniyoshi was particularly skilled at depicting samurai and other scenes of Japanese history and folklore. His work often featured humor and satire, and was popular with the Japanese public.

Kuniyoshi was born in Edo (now Tokyo) in 1798. His father was a textile merchant, and Kuniyoshi showed an early interest in art. He began his formal training at the age of twelve, under the tutelage of the ukiyo-e artist Shunshō. Kuniyoshi quickly developed his own distinctive style, marked by its energetic and exaggerated figures.

During his career, Kuniyoshi created over 3,000 woodblock prints. In addition to his popular historical and folkloric subjects, he also produced a number of erotica prints, which were highly prized by his contemporaries. Kuniyoshi died in 1861, at the age of 63. His work continues to be admired and collected by art lovers around the world.


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