Toyokuni I, Utagawa, 1769-1825

N.: Utagawa (originally Kurahashi) Toyokuni. F.N.: Kumaemon, Kumakichi. Go: Ichiyosai. Ukiyo-e painter, printmaker. Lived and worked in Edo. Son of a sculptor of puppets. Pupil of Utagawa Toyoharu. Influenced by almost every well-known contemporary print artist: a thorough eclectic, but with a number of personal mannerisms. His most typical work consisted of actor prints in which he showed the actors both in their stage roles and in private life. Also illustrated books by Santo Kyoden and other writers. Most prominent and popular member of the Utagawa school, but his work uneven and, about 1805, began to show a marked and rapid decline. Said to have been the originator of azuma nishiki-e. At his best, a brilliant draftsman and designer. Had many followers. Taken in whole, or in part from: Roberts, Laurance P. A Dictionary of Japanese Artists: Painting, Sculpture, Ceramics, Prints, Lacquer. Weatherhill, Inc: New York. 1986.


Bando Mitsugoro III in front of the Tama River in Chofu Bando Mitsugoro III in front of the Tama River in Chofu #FWG17808 Toyokuni I, Utagawa, 1769-1825 $1,650
The Actor Kataoka Nizaemon VII The Actor Kataoka Nizaemon VII #FWG17806 Toyokuni I, Utagawa, 1769-1825 $1,950
Onagata and a Gentleman Onagata and a Gentleman #270674 Toyokuni I, Utagawa, 1769-1825 $1,200