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Utagawa Kunisada

 (1786 - 1864)
Utagawa Kunisada was active/lived in Japan.  Utagawa Kunisada is known for Japanese woodblock prints, teaching.

Biography   Utagawa Kunisada


During his lifetime Kunisada Utagawa was considered to be the best print designer by his contemporaries. He was more popular than Hiroshige, Hokusai or Kuniyoshi. And Kunisada was extremely productive. His total output is estimated at more than 20,000 designs, many made by his students.

Kunisada was born near Edo (today Tokyo) as the son of an affluent merchant with a ferry boat license. At the age of fifteen he joined the famous art school of Utagawa Toyokuni and took the name Kunisada.

In 1807 the young artist produced his first illustrated book. And in 1808 his first actor prints were published. His fame grew fast. While other artists like Kuniyoshi Utagawa or Hiroshige had to fight for recognition for years, he was succe   ...  Displaying 750 of 3107 characters.

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