Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1798-1861).
Subject: Mitate-e; “Eikyoudai Mitate Sanjuu Boku Kuisen”
(Mirror Selections of 30 Trees & Flowers).
Signature: “ichiyuusai Kuniyoshi ga”.
Artist Seal: “kiri” (paulownia).
Nanushi Censor Seal: “watari” (Watanabe Jiemon).
Publisher: Joushuu-ya Kinzou.
Date: ca. 1843.
Format: oban tate-e, H.14.25 x W.975".
Condition: Good colors and impression, no album backing, margins trimmed, minor back repairs to pinholes in top right & left corners, small pinhole in lower right corner. Overall good condition.
Utagawa Kuniyoshi, 1798-1861.
Born as the son of a silk dyer, (then) Yoshisaburo joined the Utagawa School and became a student of Toyokuni I (1769-1825) around the age of twelve. From his master, he received the name, Kuniyoshi. His first known work appeared in 1814 and he created images in a variety of themes throughout his career; including kabuki actors, bijin-ga, landscapes, humorous prints, shunga, and one of his passions, cats. But, he was best known for his warrior prints, or “musha-e.” He gained widespread popularity with his “108 Heroes of the Suikoden” series which began around 1827. Helped by the Tenpo Reforms of 1842 which limited the imagery of courtesans and kabuki actors, Kuniyoshi produced several large series of warrior prints in the 1840's. Two students of Kuniyoshi that also achieved fame were Yoshitoshi and Yoshiiku.