The 160th anniversary of Kuniyoshi's death Kuniyoshi's warriors and cats in triptych

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Dramatic fighting scene of yokai in a panoramic triptych

Utagawa Kuniyoshi
"In the Ruined Palace at SÔMA"

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2021 is the 160th anniversary of ukiyo-e artist, Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1798-1861)'s death. He became a pupil of one of popular ukiyo-e artists, Utagawa Toyokuni at the age of 15. He was on the stardom around 30 years old after he published a series of "108 heroes in Water margin". Back then, people said "Hiroshige for landscapes" and "Kuniyoshi for warriors".

The dramatic triptych, "In the Ruined Palace at Soma" is Kuniyoshi's iconic and best known work. He depicted the story of the princess Takiyasha based on the illustrated fiction by Santō Kyōden entitled "Utō Yasukata Chūgi-den". Princess Takiyasha tries to take revenge calling Yokai (ghost) for the sake of her father, Tairano Masakado who was killed. Kuniyoshi lays one large skeleton over two prints which is an innovative idea to compose for triptych.>> Datils

Utagawa Kuniyoshi In the Ruined Palace at SÔMA
  • The woman depicted in the left print is princess Takiyasha who is taking revenge calling a huge skeleton using sorcery for the sake of her father who was killed.

  • The hero, Mitsukuni depicted in the center print is sent to defeat princess Takiyasya.

  • Kuniyoshi actually studied a book of Anatomy to draw the realistic skeleton for this work.

  • Ukiyo-e triptych consists of three individual oban prints. As each print is printed separately, it requires advanced printing technique to match colors.

A monstrous whale depicted in a large panoramic triptych

Utagawa Kuniyoshi
"Miyamoto Musashi Subduing the Whale"

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This impressive panoramic work is based on a legend of "Miyamoto Musashi Subduing the Whale". Musashi was a legendary master swordsman. Kuniyoshi depicted the scene of a fight between Musashi and a monstrous whale. Kuniyoshi used the triptych screen fully to depict a monstrous whale in wild waves.

Kuniyoshi's warriors

Rori Hakucho Chojun

Utagawa Kuniyoshi
"Rori Hakucho Chojun"

Tanmei Jiro Gen Shogo

Utagawa Kuniyoshi
"Tanmei Jiro Gen Shogo"

Nozarashi Gosuke

Utagawa Kuniyoshi
"Nozarashi Gosuke"

An avid feline lover Kuniyoshi depicts cats and cats

Utagawa Kuniyoshi
"Cats Suggested as the Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido Road"

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The title of this piece is a fun spoof on Hiroshige's "Fifty-three Stations on the Tokaido", Hiroshige's impressive series which was the biggest-selling collection in the history of ukiyo-e. The work is spread over three prints, and each of the 55 illustrations of cats is a play on words based on the names of the 55 stations. The cats in this piece are lovingly portrayed, each one capturing a different aspect of a cat's charm in a humorous way with great accuracy and careful observation.>> Datails

Utagawa Kuniyoshi Cats Suggested as the Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido Road

Utagawa Kuniyoshi
"Proverbs Illustrated by Cats"

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One of Kuniyoshi's favorite genres of ukiyo-e is caricature. He left many caricatures which are full of sophisticated humor and sarcasm. This dynamic triptych introduces proverbs related to cats with cat illustration in Kuniyoshi's way. Cats in fully anthropomorphized form are implying each proverb humorously. The concept and the description of this work is filled with Kuniyoshi's essence! >> Datails

Utagawa Kuniyoshi Proverbs Illustrated by Cats
  • All cats are anthropomorphic and imply the proverb which is related to cats.

  • The spots on the cat are expressed with layers of special printing technique "itabokashi (woodblock gradation)".

  • Kuniyoshi depicts each cat's expression in detail.

  • The special printing technique, "Karazuri (embossing printing)" is used for the expression of cat's hair.