Article [ Japanese musician, seated, playing shakuhachi flute] by Utagawa Kuniyoshi, painter, designer of wood block prints, illustrator, 1797-1861

Detail from [Japanese musician, seated, playing shakuhachi flute] by Utagawa Kuniyoshi, ca. 1845
Detail from [Japanese musician, seated, playing shakuhachi flute] by Utagawa Kuniyoshi, ca. 1845. Dayton C. Miller Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress.

This is a half-length image of a Japanese man in a kimono patterned with leaves. He is seated and faces right, playing a shakuhachi flute. He may be an actor as well as a musician. There is Japanese calligraphy at the top center and several Japanese stamps along the right edge. It is a color wood block print, the principal colors being blue, brown, yellow, orange, and black, against a gray background.

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Utagawa Kuniyoshi, painter, designer of wood block prints, illustrator, 1797-1861
Utagawa Kuniyoshi was born in Edo, Japan, in 1797, and died in the same city in 1861. He was a painter, designer of wood block prints, and an illustrator of books. He served an apprenticeship with Toyokuni from 1811 to 1814, and his earliest works were images of actors and beautiful women. From the 1830s to the 1850s he had achieved his greatest renown as an artist, ultimately producing more than 20,000 designs for prints. He was especially known for his images of warriors, but his subjects also included landscapes and images of marine creatures.[1]

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  1. For additional biographical information on Kuniyoshi and resources for further reading, see an article by Mark H. Sandler, "Utagawa: (6) Utagawa Kuniyoshi," in Grove Art Online. Oxford Art Online External Link (subscription only). [back to article]

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Article. Utagawa Kuniyoshi, painter, designer of wood block prints, illustrator, 1797-1861Utagawa Kuniyoshi was born in Edo, Japan, in 1797, and died in the same city in 1861. He was a painter, designer of wood block prints, and an illustrator of books. He served an apprenticeship with Toyokuni from 1811 to 1814, and his earliest works were images of actors and beautiful women. From the 1830s to the 1850s he had achieved his greatest renown as an artist, ultimately producing more than 20,000 designs for prints. He was especially known for his images of warriors, but his subjects also included landscapes and images of marine creatures.[1]Notes For additional biographical information on Kuniyoshi and resources for further reading, see an article by Mark H. Sandler, "Utagawa: (6) Utagawa Kuniyoshi," in Grove Art Online. Oxford Art Online (subscription only). [back to article]
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