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Artist: Kitagawa Tsukimaro (喜多川月麿)

Alternate names:
Bokutei (go - 墨亭)
Kansestsusai (go - 観雪斎)
Kikumaro (go - 菊麿)
Rokusaburō (nickname - 六三郎)
Sensuke (nickname - 千助)
Shitatsu (azana - 士達)
Yūsai (go - 遒斎)
Kitagawa Jun (family name - 喜多川潤)

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Biography:

The British Museum curatorial files say of this artist: "Painter and print artist, Kitagawa Utamaro's... best pupil. In the Bunka era (1804-18) lived at Kodenma-cho sanchome Umaya Shindo, where he worked as a watchman. Began by designing prints of women and 'kibyoshi' using the name Kikumaro. From 1802 changed the way the characters with which this was written from 'chrysanthemum' to 'joy eternal'. From 1804 changed his name to Tsukimaro. From c. 1820 ceased to design prints, painting instead hanging scrolls of beauties in a style influenced by the Maruyama-Shijo school, which he signed 'Kansetsu'. His last dated work is an illustration for a 'kyoka' anthology published in 1836."

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"Tsukimaro (active ca 1794 - 1850 [sic?]) was an Edo print designer, book illustrator, and painter. An important pupil of Kitagawa Utamaro, initially his style mirrored his teacher's. He signed his first works 'Kikumaro', adopting the name 'Tsukimaro' in 1804. He produced primarily bijin-ga, but he wass also a noted book illustator. In 1818 he abandoned commercial printmaking in favor of painting, although he continued to design illustrations for kyōkabon. His bijin-ga sometimes reveal the influence of the Maryuyama-Shijō style."

From Amy Reigle Newland, The Hotei Encyclopedia of Japanese Woodblock Prints.