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Competition and Collaboration: Japanese Prints of the Utagawa School


The prolific Utagawa school was founded by Utagawa Toyoharu during the second half of the eighteenth century and remained active in Edo, present-day Tokyo, throughout the nineteenth century. During this period, Utagawa-school artists dominated virtually every genre of ukiyo-e prints or “pictures of the floating world,” including pictures of beautiful women (bijin-ga), prints of kabuki actors (yakusha-e), warrior prints (musha-e), erotica (shunga), and landscape pictures (fu¯kei-ga).

Colorful, technically innovative, and sometimes defiant of government regulations, these prints documented, for a popular audience, the pleasures of urban life, leisure, and travel. The diverse works by Utagawa Kunisada, Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Utagawa Hiroshige, and others reflected the changing social, economic, and political conditions present during the closing century of the Edo period (1615–1868) and early years of the Meiji period (1868–1912). Special spring discounted price

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