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UTAGAWA KUNISADA
(1786 - 1865)
A PREPARATORY DRAWING FOR A PRINT OF THE SERIES FIFTY-THREE STATIONS OF THE TÔKAIDÔ ROAD , 1852

Original drawing in sumi, signed Toyokuni ga. The sheet 290 x 375 mm. Sold together with an impression of the print, 359 x 275 mm.

LITERATURE
Kunisada: 32 disegni preparatori per una serie di stampe, exhibition catalogue La Portantina, Milan 1981.
Lotgering, F. K. 1984. Yakusha mitate Tokaido gojusan eki—A Tokaido-album by Kunisada, in Andon 13: 11–24.

Kunisada became a pupil of Toyokuni at the age of 15. In 1807 the young artist produced his first illustrated book, and in 1808 his first actor prints were published. His fame grew fast. While other artists like Kuniyoshi or Hiroshige had to fight for recognition for years, he was successful from the beginning. Kunisada designed a wide spectrum of traditional ukiyo-e subjects like kabuki themes, beautiful women, historical events and quite a few erotic prints. He made few landscapes. In 1825 Toyokuni I had died. Later in 1844 Kunisada decided to take the name of his master and called himself Toyokuni.