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Selected Biographies of Artists

Compiled by John Fiorillo

The selected biographies linked below are intended to serve only as introductory guides and are not meant to be definitive or complete. The works of R. Keyes and H. Lühl (see Bibliography) were most helpful in compiling some of the information. Definitions of selected specialized terms used in the biographies may be found in the Glossary.

Note: Many signatures shown on the linked pages are appended with the character ga ("drawn by" or "painted by": 画), but that character is omitted from the names given below.

The texts on the biography pages were written by John Fiorillo.

 

Osaka-Kyoto Artists

Ashikuni (狂画堂芦國)
Ashiyuki (戯画堂芦幸)
Enjaku (猿雀)
Hironobu (芦野家廣信)
Hirosada (小西廣貞)
Hokuei (春梅齋北英)
Hokumyô (雪江亭北妙)
Hokushû (春好齋北洲)
Kagematsu (歌川景松)
Kunihiro (丸丈齋國廣)
Kunikazu (一珠齋國員)
Kunimasu (五蝶亭國升)
Kunishige (國重)
Munehiro (長谷川宗廣)
Nagahide (有樂齋長秀)
Nobukatsu (哲齋信勝)
Ryûkôsai (琉光齋女圭)
Sadahiro I (五粽亭貞廣)
Sadanobu I (長谷川貞信 [一代])
Sadayoshi (魁春亭貞芳)
Shigeharu (鉚齋重春)
Shôkôsai (松好齋半兵衛)

Osaka-Kyoto Artists

Shunshi (画登軒春芝)
Toyohide (北川豊秀)
Utakuni (濱松歌國)
Yoshikuni (壽好堂芳國)
Yoshimine (玉亭芳峰)
Yoshitaki (一養齋芳瀧)
Yoshitoyo (北粋芳豊)
Yoshiume (一鶯齋芳梅)
Yoshiyuki (六花園芳雪)


Edo Artists

Chikanobu (豊原周延)
Hiroshige I (歌川広重 [一代])
Hiroshige II (歌川広重 [二代])
Hiroshige III (歌川広重 [三代])
Kunisada I (歌川國貞 [初代])
Kuniyoshi (歌川國芳)
Shigenobu I (柳川重信 [一代])
Toyokuni II (歌川豊國 [二代])

Modern & Contemporary Artists

Azechi Umetarô (畦地梅太郎)
Fukazawa Sakuichi (深沢索一)
Hiratsuka Un'ichi (平塚運一)
Idô Masao (井堂雅夫)
Ishii Hakutei (石井柏亭)
Kawakami Sumio (川上澄生)
Kawanishi Hide (川西英)
Kelly, Daniel(ダニエル-ケリ)
Karhu, Clifton (クリフトンカーフ)
Kasamatsu Shirô (笠松紫浪)
Keith, Elizabeth (エリザベス・キース)
Kitaoka Fumio (北岡文雄)
Maeda Masao (前田政雄)
Maekawa Senpan (前川千帆)
Maki Haku (巻白)
Mori Yoshitoshi (森義利)
Munakata Shikô (棟方志功)
Nakagawa Isaku (中川伊作)
Nouët, Noël (ノエル・ヌエット)
Obata Chiura (小圃千浦)
Onchi Kôshirô (恩地孝四郎)
Sasajima Kihei (笹島喜平)
Sekino Jun'ichirô (関野準一郎)
Shima Tamami (島珠実)
Tagawa Ken (田川憲)
Tokuriki Tomikichirô (徳力富吉郞)
Yoshida Hiroshi (吉田博)
Yoshida Tôshi (吉田遠志)
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (月岡芳年)

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