Re: Kuniaki

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Posted by Alec W. ( on July 03, 2019 at 15:31:47:

In Reply to: Kuniaki posted by Chris Brooks on July 01, 2019 at 17:09:02:

I've spent a little time on this question so I'll chime in here...

About the only point that basically all sources agree on is that designs from the Meiji period belong to Kuniaki II. Additionally, most sources seem to agree that designs from the Kōka period (1844-1848) belong to Kuniaki I.

However, the MFA in Boston has a handful of Kunisada prints from 1845 with insets bearing Kuniaki signatures; they attribute all to Kuniaki II. Since it is generally agreed that Kuniaki II was born in 1835, this would imply that he was producing professional-quality work as a ten-year-old. While perhaps possible, I don't find that very convincing, so I would tend to assert that designs from before, say, 1855 are probably Kuniaki I.

As per the many "Kuniaki" designs from the mid-1850s to the mid-1860s, I don't think there's any real consensus. They might all be from one or the other, or possibly both artists were active at the same time.

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