Utagawa Kuniyoshi

1798-1861 Japan/ukiyo-e

 

Brief Biography-Utagawa Kuniyoshi belonged to the end of the Edo Period and was a lesser-known painter during his time. Consequently, experts only resurrected his significant works at the end of the twentieth century when discovered in a farm building. His contemporary during his life was Hiroshige Utagawa. He was a disciple of Toyokuni Utagawa, and his most renowned students were Kunisada Utagawa, Kyosai Kawanabe and Yoshitoshi Tsukioka. Kuniyoshi painted many animals, but his favourite ones to paint were cats, as seen in his self-portrait.

 

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cat dressed as
a woman

cat dressed as a woman tapping the head of an octopu

 


hawk

hawk

kanama goro
imakuni

kanama goro imakuni

pilgrims in the
waterfall

pilgrims in the waterfall


Self-portrait

self-portrait

takiyasha the
witch

takiyasha the witch and the skeleton spectre

the xu fu
expedition

the xu fu expedition


tiger

tiger