Utagawa Kuniyoshi

In this Japanese name, the family name is Utagawa.

Utagawa Kuniyoshi (歌川 国芳, January 1, 1798[1]-April 14, 1862), also called Kuniyoshi, was a Japanese artist. He was a masters of the ukiyo-e style of woodblock prints and painting.[2]


Kuniyoshi was part of the Utagawa school of artists.[3]

The range of Kuniyoshi's subjects included landscapes, beautiful women, Kabuki actors, cats, and mythical animals. He is known images of the battles of samurai and legendary heroes.[4] His work was affected by Western art and caricature.[2]

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi was one of his students.

His work influenced Toyohara Chikanobu.[5]

Takashi Murakami credits the influence of Kuniyoshi in his work.[4]

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