Japanese Prints @ St. Kate's: Selections from the Archives & Special Collections at St. Catherine University

Utagawa Yoshitora

UTAGAWA Yoshitora  歌川芳虎
active 1836–1887

Alternate Names: Ichimōsai Yoshitora (一猛斎芳虎), Ichimōsai (一猛斎), Kinchōrō Yoshitora (錦朝楼芳虎), Mōsai Yoshitora (孟斎芳虎)

Utagawa Yoshitora, taught by Utagawa Kuniyoshi, achieved respect as an artist for designing prints that spanned various genres. In 1836 he initiated his career with illustrations for Story of Karasu Kanzaemon’s Loyalty, and became controversial in the 1840s by producing the piece, Funny Warriors: Our Ruler’s New Year’s Rice Cakes, which contained banned content. His best works are in the genre of Yokohama-e, which depict the appearance of Westerners and their inventions in the port city of Yokohama in the 1850s. In 1873 he continued to pursue modern subjects in his prints, including designing  Famous Views of Modern Tokyo, a project that he completed with with Utagawa Yoshiiku and Kawanabe Kyōsai.

Complete Triptychs by Utagawa Yoshitora
The Battle of Ichinotani (1184)
The Great Battle at Yashima (1185)
View of Komaba

Artist Index.” Ronin Gallery of Prints.
Artist Listing,” The Lavenberg Collection of Prints.

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