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Edo Ukiyoe painter
Japanese, (1786–1864)
Ukiyo-e painter, printmaker. Born in Katsushika in Musashi; lived in Edo. At 15, pupil of Toyokuni, took name of Kunisada. In 1807 produced first book of illustrations; in 1808 began to make actor prints. After his father's death, inherited the license of the ferry at Itsutsumei and took name Gototei (Fifth Ferry House). In 1833 studied under Hanabusa Ikkei, then the style of Hanabusa Itcho, l taking name of Kochoro. In 1844 took name of Toyokuni lII, by which he is frequently known, though this go had properly belonged to Gosotei Toyokuni; in 1845 retired, calling himself Shozo. Specialized in illustrations for storybooks and portraits of actors. His few landscape prints quite, fine; his bijinga generally undistinguished. His early prints his best, with his work growing coarse and violent in obedience to popular 19th-century taste and much of it hastily designed, overcolored, badly printed. -- Roberts, L. Dictionary of Japanese Artists (1980)

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