Ukiyo-e by Toyokuni III (Kunisada) (1786-1864):Ukiyo-e painter and printmaker born in Katsushika in Musashi, Toyokuni III (Kunisada) lived in Edo (Tokyo). At 15, he became a pupil of Toyokuni (I) and took the artistsí name Kunisada. In 1807 he produced his first book illustrations and in 1808 began to make actor prints. His early works feature bijin-ga, courtesans and even erotica, but due to the government censorship edits of 1842, he decided to assume the name of his teacher, calling himself T ...click for details
Ukiyo-e by Kuniyoshi:In presentation too, Kuniyoshi's historical women differ from those depicted in typical ukiyo-e. Specifically, sexuality is not the main interest in these female figures; though without exception attractive, even beautiful in appearance, Kuniyoshi's women retain strength, nobility and character as their primary traits.
This is true to some extent even in Kuniyoshi's bijin work that is not historical, where his typical beauty portrait presents a tougher, more li ...click for details