Kunichika Toyohara, Biographies of the True Loyalty of the Faithful Samurai

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Artist: Kunichika Toyohara (1835-1900)
Title: Biographies of the True Loyalty of the Faithful Samurai
Publisher: Daikokuya Kinjiro
Date: 1866
Size: (L) 36.5 x 25.7 (C) 36.5 x 25.5 (R) 37.2 x 25.6 cm

絵師:豊原国周
題名:誠忠義士銘々伝
年代:慶応2年

Original Japanese woodblock print.

kunichika toyohara, Biographies of the True Loyalty of the Faithful Samurai
kunichika toyohara, Biographies of the True Loyalty of the Faithful Samurai kunichika toyohara, Biographies of the True Loyalty of the Faithful Samurai

Kunichika Toyohara


One of the last great masters of ukiyo-e, Kunichika was inspired by the plays, actors and customs of kabuki theatre. His colourful prints are records of a long lost, decadent underworld of Edo. As a young man, he studied with the ukiyo-e artist Chikanobu, from whom he received his artist name. He then apprenticed under Kunisada and began to produce actor prints in the Utagawa style, though he never used the Utagawa name. Unlike most artists of the period, he made use of strong reds and dark purples, often as background colours, rather than the softer colours that had previously been used. These new colours were made of aniline dyes imported in the Meiji period from Germany. When portraying people he only occasionally showed figures wearing Western dress, despite its growing popularity in Japan. He is also one of the best known artists to have designed a great number of prints featuring tattoos, a genre made popular earlier in Edo period by Kuniyoshi Utagawa.

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Print FormatTriptych
ArtistKunichika Toyohara
SubjectSamurai & Male, Kabuki Theatre
Dimensions(L) 36.5 x 25.7 (C) 36.5 x 25.5 (R) 37.2 x 25.6 cm
Condition ReportSome pinholes, small thin areas on the edges.
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