Les Artistes

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Born in Japan in 1797, he died in 1861.

Utagawa Kuniyoshi was a Japanese artist who created woodblock prints or ukiyo-e. Kuniyoshi created landscapes and portraits of Kabuki actors as well as satirical prints featuring cats. But he became famous thanks to his prints of heroes and warriors, also known as musha-e, his most popular series being One Hundred and Eight Popular Warrior Heroes from Shui-hu ch’uan (1827). Kuniyoshi was especially known for adding ghosts and dream-like sequences in his drawings, as well as integrating elements from the Western artistic tradition, like the use of light and shadow or the use of perspective in his landscapes. Additionally, Kuniyoshi was a teacher. Amongst his pupils was Yoshitoshi, who is considered as the last great master of ukiyo-e.