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Koryusai
Edo Ukiyoe painter
Japanese, (active c. 1764–c. 1788)
Ukiyo-e painter, printmaker, illustrator. Born a samurai in the service of the lord of Tsuchiya. Relinquished his rank to become an ukiyo-e artist, moved to Edo. Perhaps a pupil of Nishimura Shigenaga, but much influenced by Harunobu's technique, and as a few early prints exist signed Harnhiro, more apt to have been a pupil of Harunobu. It also seems the name Koryusai was given him by Harunobu, when he no longer used it himself. In 1781 given honorary rank of hokkyo. His output of prints and book illustrations enormous. In 1770 designed his well-known set Models of Fashion. Excellent kachoga (which are much sought afier), bijinga and particularly hashira-e. His work marked bv the use of a strong orange color; his figures less unworldly than Harunobu's. It is believed that after 1780 devoted himself entirely to painting, in which he worked with considerable freedom of line and under a noticeable Kano influence. -- Roberts, L. Dictionary of Japanese Artists (1980)


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Lady in Snow 436.89.CH.Z


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