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The Treasury of Loyal Retainers: Act V, Actors Matsumoto Taisuke as Yochibei and Ichikawa Sumizo III as Sadakuro, 1835

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signed Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi hitsu, artist's frog with Toshidama seal, publisher's seal …

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signed Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi hitsu, artist's frog with Toshidama seal, publisher's seal Edomatsu (Edoya Matsugoro) and censor's seal kiwame both subtly printed in light grey to blend in with background of rain, ca. 1835, 8th month

oban yoko-e 9 7/8 by 14 7/8 in., 25.1 by 37.8 cm

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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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signed Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi hitsu, artist's frog with Toshidama seal, publisher's seal …

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signed Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi hitsu, artist's frog with Toshidama seal, publisher's seal Edomatsu (Edoya Matsugoro) and censor's seal kiwame both subtly printed in light grey to blend in with background of rain, ca. 1835, 8th month

oban yoko-e 9 7/8 by 14 7/8 in., 25.1 by 37.8 cm

The actor Matsumoto Taisuke …

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Medium
Print
Series
The Treasury of Loyal Retainers
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Edoya Matsugoro
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Scholten Japanese Art
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).

The Treasury of Loyal Retainers: Act V, Actors Matsumoto Taisuke as Yochibei and Ichikawa Sumizo III as Sadakuro, 1835

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