Re: Artist signature

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Posted by Guy Pepermans ( on October 22, 2019 at 15:39:59:

In Reply to: Artist signature posted by Chris Brooks on October 20, 2019 at 18:12:57:

Katsukawa Shunwa (勝川春和 - active 1800s-1830s) was a pupil of Katsukawa Shun'ei (勝川春英). One source states however that he was a pupil of Katsukawa Shunk˘ (勝川春紅), also a pupil of Shun'ei. Shunwa designed yakusha-e, bijinga, musha-e and sumo-e. In 1833, he was granted the name
Katsukawa Shuntei (勝川春亭 2代目), after the passing of Shuntei I in 1824.
Some further observations. This print must date from around the 1820s. At that moment, Edo publishers were already entrusting the majority of sumo designs to the new generation of Utagawa artists notably Kunitora and Kuniyasu, directly followed by Kunisada and young Kuniyoshi. The bulk of actor prints were already entrusted to Utagawa artists from the beginning of the 19th century, leading to the almost complete disappearance of the Katsukawa lineage during the Bunsei era.


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