Artist of the moment……Utagawa Kuniyoshi

Utagawa Kuniyoshi was a master Japanese printmaker born in the year 1797. Utagawa Kuniyoshi was very prolific and his work is awesome to study as he draws and paints everything from flowers, beautiful women, soldiers, animals,  landscapes, to very large triptych works. You can learn a great deal about composition and drawing from this artist. His father made a living working with silk.

The artist was an apprentice to Toyokuni, a leader of the Utagawa style of art, from 1811 to 1814. After leaving this situtatio he was able to start an artistic career by illustrating books.

In the 1820s Kuniyoshi began to produce his very large triptych prints, many involving soldiers and warriors.

The artist was part of the Utagawa school of woodblock printing. This style of art was founded by Toyoharu and was the most popular woodblock printing school during the 19th century.

In this clip we view some of Utagawa’s Kuniyoshi’s beautiful women:

In this clip we view some cats by Utagawa Kuniyoshi:

Utagawa Kuniyoshi passed away in 1861.

To close we look at some great prints of warriors and soldiers by Utagawa Kuniyoshi:

The artist helped to mentor many others who chose to follow the Utagawa style of painting. Some pupils include Yoshitoshi and Yoshiiku. These and others will be profiled soon!

Price range information: Works range from $2,000 to $75,000.

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