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Katsukawa Shunsen was active as a print and book designer for about 15 years in the beginning of the 19th century. After about 1820 he changed from ukiyo-e to painting ceramics. But why?
Biography of Katsukawa Shunsen
In my view Sadahide Utagawa is a bit undervalued among today's collectors of Japanese prints. I consider him among the best printmakers of the late Edo and early Meiji period. His panoramic views taken from bird's eye, the historic battle scenes, his superb technique and interesting compositions make Sadahide an outstanding ukiyo-e artist, worth to be collected.
Biography of Sadahide Utagawa
For Brian Williams the love of art and nature is inseparable. The experience of nature and its understanding in creative works are cornerstones of the philosophy of Williams and other like-minded Americans living in Japan. This means not only to document the beauty of nature in photo realistic oil paintings, watercolors and prints, but also to actively protect and conserve nature. And this precisely describes the achievements of Brian Williams.
Brian Williams - Biography
Fusatane Utagawa was active as an ukiyo-e artist during the period of transition from medieval Japan (Edo period) to the new era of rapid westernization and industrialization (Meiji period). It was a time of political turmoil, economic depressions and thus a difficult time for traditional Japanese printmakers.
Biography of Fusatane Utagawa
Woodblock prints by Kunimaru Utagawa are rather rare in the market. The artist was a painter and printmaker from Edo (Tokyo). Known are designs of actors and courtesans and illustrated books.
Biography of Kunimaru Utagawa
Chushingura, or the 47 Ronin, is one of the most popular stories in Japanese culture. The scenes of the plot and portraits of the heroes, the 47 Ronin, have been immortalized by many Japanese ukiyo-e artists as woodblock prints. This page features a rather rare series by the great Meiji artist Yoshitoshi Taiso.
Loyal Retainers of Chushingura
Kanadehon Chushingura, popularly known as "The Revenge of the 47 Ronin", is the name of a drama that immortalized historic events from the early 18th century. The story became also one of the major themes of ukiyo-e - Japanese woodblock prints.
The Chushingura Theme in Ukiyo-e
Tsukasa Yoshida is the eldest son of Toshi Yoshida. He represents the third generation of Yoshida woodblock artists. Tsukasa is the head of the Yoshida Hanga Academy founded by his father Toshi.
Biography of Tsukasa Yoshida
The US American artist Carol Jessen belongs to the younger generation of artists who studied the traditional technique of making woodblock prints in Japan. Moreover she studied at the famous studio of the Japanese master printmaker Toshi Yoshida.
From Nov 4, 2006 until Feb 25, 2007 the 27th Yoshida Hanga Academy Exhibition takes place in Tokyo. By kind permission and assistance of one of the exhibiting artists, Mr. Ryusei Okamoto, we are happy to show you on this page photos from the grand opening and give you a bit of background about this prestigious private academy.
Hanga Academy Exhibition