B - Utagawa Kunisada

Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1864) was one of the great, yet strangely under-rated, ukiyo-e woodblock artists known mostly for his figures, beautifull women, poets and Kabuki theatre prints.During his lifetime he was more popular and more financially successful than his contemporaries Hiroshige and Hokusai. Around 1857 he combined with Hiroshige to produce their `Fifty-three Stations by Two Artists` series for which Kunisada did the figures and Hiroshige did the landscapes. He was a skilled `haikai` and `kyoka` poet and drinking companion of the literary luminaries of his time.