Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi
Subject: cat threatening goldfish, print is from a set of nine by kuniyoshi, this one is titled one hundred horror stories (Hyakumonogatari)
Artist - Utagawa Kuniyoshi
Subject - Rôrihakuchô Chôjun forcing the water-gate whilst under fire from arrows
Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi
Subject: Uncut fan print of an octopus and black bear wrestling and a dragonfly refereeing
Kawanabe Kyōsai - Wild Tiger, 1861 (Living through the Edo period to the Meiji period, Kyōsai witnessed Japan transform itself from a feudal country into a modern state. After working for a short time as a boy with Utagawa Kuniyoshi, he received his artistic training in the Kanō school, but soon abandoned the formal traditions for the greater freedom of the popular school. During the political ferment which produced and followed the revolution of 1867, Kyōsai attained a reputation as a caricaturist. His very long painting on makimono "The battle of the farts" may be seen as a caricature of this ferment. He was arrested three times and imprisoned by the authorities of the shogunate. Soon after the assumption of effective power by the Emperor, a great congress of painters and men of letters was held at which Kyōsai was present. He again expressed his opinion of the new movement in a caricature, which had a great popular success, but also brought him into the hands of the police this time of the opposite party. Kyōsai is considered by many to be the greatest successor of Hokusai as well as the first political caricaturist of Japan. His work mirrored his life in its wild and undisciplined nature, and occasionally reflected his love of drink.) #art#artdaily#artlover#contemporaryart#kawanabekyosai#japanese#political#caricature#tiger#wild#nature#animal#satire#painter#utagawakuniyoshi#kanoschool#revolution#meiji#westernart#tokyo#asianart#colors#asia#critique#provocative#inspiration#archive#arensbergarchive
utagawa kuniyoshi is to me one of the best visual artists of all time and possibly my favourite japanese visual artist of all time. he was of the ukiyo-e movement which used woodblock prints as a medium and typically depicted high culture portraits and landscapes. the movement is most known today for the masterpiece by hokusai "the great wave off kanagawa", japan's definitive art masterwork and almost asia's rival to europe's "starry night". as much as i love other ukiyo-e artists, the style has such a relaxing tone and palette, kuniyoshi's contemporaries pale in comparison to him. kuniyoshi as far more bold than other artists, he depicted epic battles, and great spiritual awakenings, fierce warriors. he was unafraid to venture into dark subject matter and be more crude and brutal with his art. his technical ability was phenomenal, i'm struck by the excellent composition of so many of his pieces. i will always love kuniyoshi's work for its balance of ferocity and peace.