You know, Kuniyoshi and Kunisada? While Hokusai and Hiroshige painted colored waves and mountains, Utagawa Kuniyoshi and Utagawa Kunisada depicted people. They covered the market of prints in Tokyo then known as Edo for decades in the 1800s.
Competing artists, Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861) and Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1864) (pseudonyms given to them by their teacher, Utagawa Toyokuni) were the two geniuses Ukiyo-e, directions in the visual arts of Japan, which has developed since the Edo period (1603-1868). Woodcuts from their works were very popular in Japan of the 19th century.
In his lifetime Kunisada was a popular favorite, known for realistic portraits of actors of theatre Kabuki, sensual images of beautiful women and luxurious décor of historic scenes.
Kuniyoshi love today by connoisseurs and collectors for his dynamic fighting scenes of tattooed warriors and supernatural monsters, foreshadowing the modern manga and anime. Also known for his comic prints and a few particularly daring works that reveal hidden political satire.
The exhibition presents more than 100 outstanding works exclusively from the extensive Japanese collection of the Boston Museum of fine arts, including large multivalent images in bright color.