Toyokuni II

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Gonta and Osato, (1786-1864) Walking Beauty in Winter Eve., 1856

Toyokuni II

Gonta and Osato, (1786-1864) Walking Beauty in Winter Eve., 1856

Color woodcut, Japanese

13.50 x 9.25 in

$1,650.00

Kawarazaki Gonjuro Acting as Araiso no Koji, 1861

Toyokuni II

Kawarazaki Gonjuro Acting as Araiso no Koji, 1861

Color Woodcut, Japanese

13.50 x 9.50 in

$3,850.00

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Toyokuni II
Utagawa Toyokuni II (1777–1835), also known as Toyoshige, was a designer of ukiyo-e Japanese woodblock prints in Edo. He was the pupil, son-in-law and adopted son of Toyokuni I. The former used the name Toyoshige until 1826, the year after his teacher’s death, when he began signing his work Toyokuni. Kunisada, another student of Toyokuni I, did not recognize Toyoshige's claim and declared himself "Toyokuni" and leader of the school. Toyoshige resumed signing his work "Toyoshige". Toyokuni I, Toyokuni II (Toyoshige), and Toyokuni III (Kunisada) each used the signature Toyokuni. The signature of Toyokuni II is easiest to distinguish by the chalice-shaped toyo kanji. Toyoshige's students include Utagawa Kunimatsu, Utagawa Kunishige II, Utagawa Kuniteru III, and Utagawa Kunitsuru I.
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