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THE ARTIST – KUNISADA

Kochoro Kunisada was a Japanese artist famous for his woodblock prints.  During the Ukiyo-e period, many of these prints focused on the “floating world” image.  Kunisada was particularly focused on this genre.  For instance, one of his most famous woodblock prints is called Beauty with a Letter; Juronin with a Deer.  What you would see in this case is a Buddha floating above the beauty.  In this case, woodblock prints such as this were often associated with the Buddhist believe with the floatation being the illusory quality of life. 

Typically, woodblock prints focused had a distinct focus on festivals and changing seasons, rituals, landscapes, and illustrations of poetry.  However, at the end of the Edo period, all prints made had to be approved by the Japanese government prior to releasing and selling.  With Kunisada, he would often take everyday scenes and transform them into something peaceful and serene. 

In one instance, Kunisada added a dog, coupled with a beautiful woman sitting while reading a letter.  However, the depiction in the woodblock print was the dog wanting to play, thus asking for her attention.  In addition, you would see, as the dog is trying to interrupt the woman, she envisions Buddha in her mind, which signifies the value and honor of religion. 

The interesting thing about Kunisada’s work is the influence of Buddha.  Keep in mind that many woodblock prints were focused on people or scenes, not religion.  Therefore, his special skill makes the demand for his prints much higher.  This versatility has imprinted his name on Japanese history, making him one of the most interesting artist’s of this time.


Read more about Japanese Woodblock Prints:
  Japanese Woodblock Prints   Ukiyo-e   Toyokuni Utagawa   Eisen Kikugawa   Hiroshige Ando   Utamaro Kitigawa

 

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The Great Wave by Hokusai
The Great Wave by Hokusai
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Kabuki by Utagawa
Kabuki by Utagawa
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3 Beauties by Utamaro
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General in Battle by Utagawa
General in Battle by Utagawa
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Mt Fuji by Hiroshige
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