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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 the information. Definitions of 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.

May 2021: The biography section is currently undergoing revision and expansion. Newer pages are indicated by the inclusion of Japanese text after the romanized artist names.

 

Osaka-Kyoto Artists

Ashikuni (狂画堂芦國)
Ashiyuki (戯画堂芦幸)
Enjaku (猿雀)
Hikokuni
Hironobu (芦野家廣信)
Hirosada (小西廣貞)
Hokuei (春梅齋北英)
Hokumyô (雪江亭北妙)
Hokushô
Hokushû (春好齋北洲)
Kagematsu (歌川景松)
Kikyo
Kiyosada
Kunihiro (丸丈齋國廣)
Kunikazu
Kunimasu (五蝶亭國升)
Kunishige (國重)
Mitsukuni
Munehiro (長谷川宗廣)
Nagahide (有樂齋長秀)
Nobukatsu
Ryûkôsai (琉光齋女圭)
Sadahiro I (五粽亭貞廣)
Sadahiro II
Sadanobu I (長谷川貞信 [一代])
Sadanobu II
Sadayoshi
Shigefusa

Osaka-Kyoto Artists

Shigeharu (鉚齋重春)
Shôkôsai (松好齋半兵衛)
Shunkyô
Shunshi (画登軒春芝)
Shunshô
Shûshô
Tokusai
Toyohide (北川豊秀)
Utakuni (濱松歌國)
Yoshifune
Yoshikuni (壽好堂芳國)
Yoshikuni II
Yoshimine (玉亭芳峰)
Yoshitaki (一養齋芳瀧)
Yoshiume (一鶯齋芳梅)
Yoshiyuki


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])
Shigenobu I (柳川重信 [一代])
Toyokuni II (歌川豊國 [二代])

Modern Artists

Azechi Umetarô (畦地梅太郎)
Fukazawa Sakuichi (深沢索一)
Hiratsuka Un'ichi (平塚運一)
Kawakami Sumio (川上澄生)
Kawanishi Hide (川西英)
Idô Masao (井堂雅夫)
Daniel Kelly (ダニエル-ケリ)
Clifton Karhu (クリフトンカーフ)
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)
Noël Nouët (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)
Tagawa Ken (田川憲)
Tokuriki Tomikichirô (徳力富吉郞)
Yoshida Tôshi (吉田遠志)
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (月岡芳年)

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