MATERIAL: Woodblock Printed
TYPE: Print Book (Set)
DIMENSIONS: 5 X 7 inches (closed)
COMPONENTS: 2 volumes complete; bound as one; 2 original envelope full color covers; 40 pages of black-and-white woodblock prints.
CONDITION: Fine impressions
ITEM ID: 2150

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Toyokuni Print Book Set

Year: 1860
Decade: 1860s
Century: 19th (1801-1900)
Notes: Ansei 6

Japanese woodblock print book set by Toyokuni. The full color covers are bound together to form a diptych.

Name: Utagawa Toyokuni
Type: Artist
Artist Information: Utagawa Toyokuni (Japanese: 歌川豊国; 1769 in Edo – 24 February 1825 in Edo), also often referred to as Toyokuni I, to distinguish him from the members of his school who took over his gō (art-name) after he died, was a great master of ukiyo-e, known in particular for his kabuki actor prints. He was the second head of the renowned Utagawa school of Japanese woodblock artists, and was the artist who elevated it to the position of great fame and power it occupied for the rest of the nineteenth century. His gō, "Toyokuni", was initially used after his death by his son-in-law, Toyoshige, who is therefore known to us as Toyokuni II. Thereafter, it was handed down and used by each head of the Utagawa school in turn. Kunisada is thus also known as Toyokuni III.