Utagawa Kunimasa


Utagawa Kunimasa

Utagawa Kunimasa(歌川国雅)(1773-1810) was a Japanese "ukiyo-e" printmaker and student of Utagawa Toyokuni. Originally from Aizu in Iwashiro province, he first worked in a dye shop upon arriving in Edo (now Tokyo). It was there that he was noticed by Toyokuni, to whom he became apprenticed.

Kunimasa is especially known for his "yakusha-e" prints (役者絵, portraits of kabuki actors) and for his "bijinga" (美人画, pictures of beautiful women). His style is said to strive to "combine the intensity of Sharaku with the decorative pageantry of his master Toyokuni" Lane, Richard (1978). "Images of the Floating World." Old Saybrook, CT: Konecky & Konecky. p152.] . However, those who make the comparison often say he failed to achieve the level of Sharaku's intensity.

References

*Morse, Anne Nishimura (1985). "Utagawa Kunimasa." Kodansha Encyclopedia of Japan. Tokyo: Kodansha Ltd.

External links

* [http://www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk/compass/ixbin/hixclient.exe?_IXDB_=compass&_IXFIRST_=1&_IXMAXHITS_=1&_IXSPFX_=graphical/full/&$+with+all_unique_id_index+is+$=OBJ494&submit-button=summary British Museum]
* [http://search.famsf.org:8080/view.shtml?record=60517&=list&=1&=&=And Art site]


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