ABOUT JAPANESE UKIYO-E ARTISTS
Japanese woodcut prints, is also called “Ukiyo-e” wich literally means 'pictures of the floating world'. Ukiyo-e is the collective name for this visual world of the period.
Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1865): got his breakthrough as a teenager and became the foremost and most esteemed artist of his time.
Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1798-1861): Many consider Kuniyoshi to be one of the most interesting artists of this period, mainly because of his powerful depictions of samurai. He was called "Kuniyoshi of the Warrior Prints".
Ando Hiroshige (1797-1858), is one of the most important Japanese artists ever; his work affected not only future generations of Japanese artists, but also many great Western artists.
Yōshū Chikanobu was a leading artist during the Meiji period (1868-1912), at the same time he was a samurai and belonged to the elite unit of Shogitai, and he fought in the Civil War 1867-1868.
Hokusai is best known as author of the woodblock print series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji which includes the internationally iconic print; “The Great Wave off Kanagawa”.
Whereas Kunisada, as the head of the Utagawa School, came to specialize in kabuki prints, and Kuniyoshi in warriors, Eisen's area of expertise was said to be prints of beautiful women (bijin).