C - Kuniyoshi

Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861) was a rival to the skill and imagination of Hokusai, Hiroshige and Kunisada in the 19th Century Edo period. Kuniyoshi specialised in dramatic portrayals of samurai warriors from Japan`s past although he also was very skilled in his images of beautiful women, landscapes and Kabuki theatre actors. Kuniyoshi may have designed as many as ten thousand woodblock prints and his most popular sold up to eight thousand impressions at very affordable prices at the time (little more than a double portion of soba noodles !).