Re: Oh Yes! Yet ANOTHER Toyokuni :o)

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Posted by Dan on July 17, 2002 at 15:56:13:

In Reply to: Oh Yes! Yet ANOTHER Toyokuni :o) posted by Theo de Kreijger on July 17, 2002 at 15:43:29:

Hey Theo,

Thanks for pointing me to these resources. I am Toyokuni'd out!

How unusual for an artist to completely take over the name of another artist, with the same characters and all, and during his lifetime to boot. I've heard of pirated prints, but never of hijacked art names.

By the way, I have 2 more Asahina prints to show you. Coming soon!


: Hi Dan,

: The Toyokuni you mention is described in "The Theatrical World of Osaka Prints" by Keyes and Mizushima as follows: "Active 1810s [1830s]. A designer of stencil prints published in Kyoto; no relation to the Edo artist of the same name. Surname: Hasegawa. Go: Toka."

: In the book "Osaka prints" by Swaab it is stated that the artist even "borrowed" the name of the famous Edo artist. One hosoban stencil print of a courtisane designed by him is shown on page 230.

: So now we have 6 Toyokuni's :o)

: 1. The original Toyokuni I
: 2. His son in law, Toyokuni II, aka Kunishige
: 3/5. Three Kunisadas, changing their names to Toyokuni (II, III and IV)
: 6. The Kyoto Toyokuni

: Who knowns number 7 ?

: Regards,

: Theo

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