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Kunichika   (1835-1900)

Kunichika1 (1835-1900). N.: Toyohara (originally Ara-kawa.  Ukiyo-e printmaker. Born in Edo. Pupil first of Toyohara Chikanobu (whose name he took), then of Utagawa Kunisada (among the few of Kunisada's pupils who did not use the name of Utagawa). Produced prints of actors, sets of views, historical subjects, journalistic illustrations in the late Kunisada tradition, which reflect the declining taste of the public and the worsening color printing. Particularly known for some late okubi-e. A minor artist, but represents the last of the great ukiyo-e tradition. Coll.: Ashmolean; Baltimore; British; Cincinnati; Fine (California, De Young); Musee (1), (2); Musees; Newark; Riccar; Tokyo (1); Victoria; Waseda

Source:  Laurance P. Roberts, Dictionary of Japanese Artists.  

The above biography reflects the author, Laurance Roberts preference for classical Ukiyo-e.  Articles such as the above and others by early western authors managed to put this artist in the dustbin of art history.  Nevertheless, Kunichika, the last master of Edo printmaking has recently experienced renewed popularity thanks to authors such as Amy Riegle Newland..  Kunichika is subject of a recent monograph ''Time Past and Present, Images of a Forgotten Master'' and an interesting article recounting an interview with the artist, published in the JASA Journal ''Impressions''.   While many of his prints are masterful, they are, for the most part very affordable for the beginning collector.

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Ichikawa Sadanji I as Miyomoto Musashi, Kunichika
Artist: Kunichika
Title: Ichikawa Sadanji I as Miyomoto Musashi
Inventory #: 06092381

Miso Gonnosuke (Mizunoo) challenging Miyamoto Musashi to a duel, Kunichika
Artist: Kunichika
Title: Miso Gonnosuke (Mizunoo) challenging Miyamoto Musashi to a duel
Inventory #: 02113169

Mitate of Ushiwakamaru (Yoshitsune) Battling Tengu, Kunichika
Artist: Kunichika
Title: Mitate of Ushiwakamaru (Yoshitsune) Battling Tengu
Inventory #: 10144797


Ichikawa Danjuro IX as Shibaraku, Kunichika
Artist: Kunichika
Title: Ichikawa Danjuro IX as Shibaraku
Series: The 18 Great Kabuki Plays
Inventory #: 03154792

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