Kunisada 1, Utagawa
Kunisada Utagawa (1786-1864) started his career as the chief pupil of the head of the Utagawa school, Toyokuni I. Born with the name Sumida, to a family of ferry boat operators, Kunisada was given his name by his master when he began his career at the ago of 15. By 1807 he was publishing his first books and his first actor prints were published in 1808. Between 1810 and 1820 he signed much of his work as Gototei Kunisada, or 'Kunisada of the Fifth Ferry Pavilion.' Toyokuni died in 1825, leaving the title and position of head of the school to his son-in-law, Toyoshige (Toyokuni II). Kunisada's career continued successfully in spite of the fact that he believed he should be the head of the school. He studied with the Hanabusa Icho and took the name Kochoro Kunisada for a time between the late 1820's and 1844.

Nine years after the death of Toyokuni II in 1835, he was elevated to head of the Utagawa school and took the name Toyokuni the Second (though he is commonly referred to as Toyokuni III). Kunisada was a prolific artist with over 20,000 designs to his credit. He was not only an excellent print maker but also an excellent business man who had great commercial success with his works of art. Many critics have labeled him as 'decadent' since he used lush patterning and newly developed colors in his designs, filling his images with exciting backgrounds and colors. Stylistically the work of Kunisada is very different from classic Ukiyo-e from the 18th Century. It should be considered that Ukiyo-e was a vibrant and living art, created for the masses. Tastes and styles changed, as they should, and he was creating work demanded by the public. Gone were the isolated figures and austere settings of the past. Kunisada replaced them with contexts of landscape or theatrical sets, creating a new, exuberant look for Ukiyo-e. Some of his most successful proteges include Kunisada II, Hirosada and Kunichika.

Because Kunisada changed his name several times - identifying his prints can be quite confusing for the less-experienced Ukiyo-e collector. In Ukiyo-e literature and catalogues he is mostly referred to as Kunisada or Toyokuni III.

Genji series: Faithful Depictions of the Shining Prince 10


 

Artist: Kunisada 1, Utagawa (1786-1865)- Toyokuni 3
Title: Chapter 10
Series: Faithful Depictions of the Shining Prince
Date: 1847-1853 circa

Artist: Kunisada 1, Utagawa (1786-1865)- Toyokuni 3
Title: Chapter 16
Series: Faithful Depictions of the Shining Prince
Date: 1847-1853 circa

Artist: Kunisada 1, Utagawa (1786-1865)- Toyokuni 3
Title: Chapter 17
Series: Faithful Depictions of the Shining Prince
Date: 1847-1853 circa

Artist: Kunisada 1, Utagawa (1786-1865)- Toyokuni 3
Title: Chapter 18
Series: Faithful Depictions of the Shining Prince
Date: 1847-1853 circa

Artist: Kunisada 1, Utagawa (1786-1865)- Toyokuni 3
Title: Chapter 20
Series: Faithful Depictions of the Shining Prince
Date: 1847-1853 circa

Artist: Kunisada 1, Utagawa (1786-1865)- Toyokuni 3
Title: Chapter 21
Series: Faithful Depictions of the Shining Prince
Date: 1847-1853 circa

Artist: Kunisada 1, Utagawa (1786-1865)- Toyokuni 3
Title: Chapter 22
Series: Faithful Depictions of the Shining Prince
Date: 1847-1853 circa

Artist: Kunisada 1, Utagawa (1786-1865)- Toyokuni 3
Title: Chapter 4
Series: Faithful Depictions of the Shining Prince
Date: 1847-1853 circa

Artist: Kunisada 1, Utagawa (1786-1865)- Toyokuni 3
Title: Chapter 41
Series: Faithful Depictions of the Shining Prince
Date: 1847-1853 circa

Artist: Kunisada 1, Utagawa (1786-1865)- Toyokuni 3
Title: Chapter 42
Series: Faithful Depictions of the Shining Prince
Date: 1847-1853 circa

Artist: Kunisada 1, Utagawa (1786-1865)- Toyokuni 3
Title: Chapter 43
Series: Faithful Depictions of the Shining Prince
Date: 1847-1853 circa

Artist: Kunisada 1, Utagawa (1786-1865)- Toyokuni 3
Title: Chapter 48
Series: Faithful Depictions of the Shining Prince
Date: 1847-1853 circa

Artist: Kunisada 1, Utagawa (1786-1865)- Toyokuni 3
Title: Chapter 9
Series: Faithful Depictions of the Shining Prince
Date: 1847-1853 circa


Genji series: The Fifty-Four Chapters of the Tale of Genji 10


 

Artist: Kunisada 1, Utagawa (1786-1865)- Toyokuni 3
Title: Chapter 1- Kiritsubo
Series: Fifty-Four Chapters of Genji
Date: 1852

Artist: Kunisada 1, Utagawa (1786-1865)- Toyokuni 3
Title: Chapter 10- Sakaki
Series: Fifty-Four Chapters of Genji
Date: 1852

Artist: Kunisada 1, Utagawa (1786-1865)- Toyokuni 3
Title: Chapter 13- Akashi
Series: Fifty-Four Chapters of Genji
Date: 1852

Artist: Kunisada 1, Utagawa (1786-1865)- Toyokuni 3
Title: Chapter 20- Asagao
Series: Fifty-Four Chapters of Genji
Date: 1852

Artist: Kunisada 1, Utagawa (1786-1865)- Toyokuni 3
Title: Chapter 21- Otome
Series: Fifty-Four Chapters of Genji
Date: 1852

Artist: Kunisada 1, Utagawa (1786-1865)- Toyokuni 3
Title: Chapter 23- Hatsune
Series: Fifty-Four Chapters of Genji
Date: 1852

Artist: Kunisada 1, Utagawa (1786-1865)- Toyokuni 3
Title: Chapter 25- Hotaru
Series: Fifty-Four Chapters of Genji
Date: 1852

Artist: Kunisada 1, Utagawa (1786-1865)- Toyokuni 3
Title: Chapter 28- Nowaki
Series: Fifty-Four Chapters of Genji
Date: 1852

Artist: Kunisada 1, Utagawa (1786-1865)- Toyokuni 3
Title: Chapter 29- Miyuki
Series: Fifty-Four Chapters of Genji
Date: 1852

Artist: Kunisada 1, Utagawa (1786-1865)- Toyokuni 3
Title: Chapter 30- Fujibakama
Series: Fifty-Four Chapters of Genji
Date: 1852

Artist: Kunisada 1, Utagawa (1786-1865)- Toyokuni 3
Title: Chapter 32- Umegae
Series: Fifty-Four Chapters of Genji
Date: 1852

Artist: Kunisada 1, Utagawa (1786-1865)- Toyokuni 3
Title: Chapter 35- Wakana-No-Ge
Series: Fifty-Four Chapters of Genji
Date: 1852

Artist: Kunisada 1, Utagawa (1786-1865)- Toyokuni 3
Title: Chapter 39- Yugiri
Series: Fifty-Four Chapters of Genji
Date: 1852

Artist: Kunisada 1, Utagawa (1786-1865)- Toyokuni 3
Title: Chapter 40- Minori
Series: Fifty-Four Chapters of Genji
Date: 1852

Artist: Kunisada 1, Utagawa (1786-1865)- Toyokuni 3
Title: Chapter 42- Nionomiya
Series: Fifty-Four Chapters of Genji
Date: 1852

Artist: Kunisada 1, Utagawa (1786-1865)- Toyokuni 3
Title: Chapter 44- Takegawa
Series: Fifty-Four Chapters of Genji
Date: 1852

Artist: Kunisada 1, Utagawa (1786-1865)- Toyokuni 3
Title: Chapter 6- Suetsumuhana
Series: Fifty-Four Chapters of Genji
Date: 1852


Artist: Kunisada 1, Utagawa (1786-1865)- Toyokuni 3
Title: Chapter 7- Momiji-No-Ga
Series: Fifty-Four Chapters of Genji
Date: 1852


Artist: Kunisada 1, Utagawa (1786-1865)- Toyokuni 3
Title: Chapter 8- Hana-No-En
Series: Fifty-Four Chapters of Genji
Date: 1852



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