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 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".
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.
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).