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Konkôryû Rishun capsizing a boat, from the “108 Heroes of the Suikoden”. , ca. 1827

Japanese Color Woodblock
14 1/5 × 10 1/10 in
36 × 25.7 cm
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Konkôryû Rishun (Li Jun) seems to explode from the water, forcing the boat he has targeted to …

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Konkôryû Rishun (Li Jun) seems to explode from the water, forcing the boat he has targeted to capsize as part of a scheme to free some of his compatriots from prison. His chest has been tattooed with an image of Raijin and images of lightning cover his shoulders.

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Print
Signature
Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi ga
Series
“The 108 Heroes of the Popular Suikoden All Told” (Tsûzoku Suikoden gôketsu hyakuhachinin no hitori)
Publisher
Kagaya Kichibei
Utagawa Kuniyoshi
Japanese, 1797–1861
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The son of silk dyer, little is known about Ukiyo-e artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi's early years, though he is said to have shown remarkable talent from a young age. At age 14 he was accepted to study woodblock printing under Utagawa Toyokuni I and would become one of his most successful students. In direct contrast to Hiroshige and Hokusai's peaceful views of a scenic Japan published in the 1830s and ‘40s, the following decades saw a rise in popular taste for the fierce, fearsome and fantastical in ukiyo-e, which Kuniyoshi embraced. In 1814, he left Toyokuni’s studio to pursue a career as an independent artist. Initially, he had little success, selling tatami mats in order to support himself. His fortunes changed in 1827 with his dramatic series 108 Heroes of the Suikoden, and from that point on, he became known for portrayals of famous samurai and legendary heroes. Kuniyoshi also worked in in other print genres, producing landscapes and bijin-ga (pictures of beautiful women).

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Konkôryû Rishun (Li Jun) seems to explode from the water, forcing the boat he has targeted to …

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Konkôryû Rishun (Li Jun) seems to explode from the water, forcing the boat he has targeted to capsize as part of a scheme to free some of his compatriots from prison. His chest has been tattooed with an image of Raijin and images of lightning cover his shoulders.

Medium
Print
Signature
Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi ga
Series
“The 108 Heroes of the Popular Suikoden All Told” (Tsûzoku Suikoden gôketsu hyakuhachinin no hitori)
Publisher
Kagaya Kichibei
Utagawa Kuniyoshi
Japanese, 1797–1861
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The son of silk dyer, little is known about Ukiyo-e artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi's early years, though he is said to have shown remarkable talent from a young age. At age 14 he was accepted to study woodblock printing under Utagawa Toyokuni I and would become one of his most successful students. In direct contrast to Hiroshige and Hokusai's peaceful views of a scenic Japan published in the 1830s and ‘40s, the following decades saw a rise in popular taste for the fierce, fearsome and fantastical in ukiyo-e, which Kuniyoshi embraced. In 1814, he left Toyokuni’s studio to pursue a career as an independent artist. Initially, he had little success, selling tatami mats in order to support himself. His fortunes changed in 1827 with his dramatic series 108 Heroes of the Suikoden, and from that point on, he became known for portrayals of famous samurai and legendary heroes. Kuniyoshi also worked in in other print genres, producing landscapes and bijin-ga (pictures of beautiful women).

Konkôryû Rishun capsizing a boat, from the “108 Heroes of the Suikoden”. , ca. 1827

Japanese Color Woodblock
14 1/5 × 10 1/10 in
36 × 25.7 cm
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