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Early Edo Ukiyoe
Japanese, (1618–1694)
Ikiyo-e painter, printmaker, illustrator. Born in Hodamura, Awa Province; died in Edo. Son of a well-known embroiderer and dyer of textiles. At first followed the family business; then about 1658 to Edo as apprentice to an unidentified painter. Studied Tosa, Kano, Hasegawa, and genre painting. The first illustrated book signed by him is dated 1672; his books (59 bear his name; over 100 are attributed to him) deal with famous historical and literary bjects and the world of the courtesan. His paintings perhaps done only from 1670, are generally of bijin in profile, with long faces and knees slightly bent. Pioneer of e ukiyo-e school, with him the woodblock print no longer only an illustration but also an independent art work. The firt to design single-sheet prints. A good painter, an unrivaled illustrator; in depicting the life of the Yoshiwara and theater, crystallized basic style of ukiyo-e. His prints and book illustrations in black and white only. -- Roberts, L. Dictionary of Japanese Artists (1980)

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