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Utagawa Kuniteru


Utagawa Kuniteru (active 1808-1876) or Kunitsuna II was an ukiyo-e artist in the tradition of the Utagawa School. Born in Edo (Tokyo), he studied under both Toyokuni I and Kunisada. His subjects traversed a variety of once popular subjects, from actors, sumo wrestlers and warriors to beauties and kaika-e, ‘enlightenment pictures.’ Kaika-e depicted the changing customs, clothing, and architecture of a Japan modernising along a Western model.

Kuniteru produced both book illustrations and single-sheet ukiyo-e. Like many artists, he used a variety of go, or ‘artist names’, over the course of his career, before he took his masters name. His work is held in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.