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Reference » Ukiyo-e »  Artists Biographies

Yoshitsuya 1822-1866

"Yoshitsuya named Utagawa , stuied as a pupil of Kuniyoshi when he was fifteen years old. Born in 1822 at a famous shop of Japanese basket in Nihonbashi and took the name of Koko Mankichi. He took the title of Ichieisai, and then changed Ichieisai. He lived Honjyo Horiecho Asakusabashijyo. He died at the age of 45 in June, 1866. He was well known for warrior picture (Musha-e),competed with Ichiyusai Kuniteru about sketch of tattoo print around 185. It became famous both Yoshitsuya’s Jiraiya and Kuniteru kitsunetdanobu. He left a lot of colored woodcut of Ikiningyo,often drew a signboard illustrations for the shop as a picture of Ikiningyo at the entertainment district of Asakusa Okuyama. Although He was removed from school of Kuniyoshi, between 1844 and 1847, was able to come back there soon. Besides he illustrated in Kusazoshi edition in 1842. His pupil were Tsuyatoyo, Tsuyamasa, Tsuyanaga."