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Artist: Katsukawa Shuntei (勝川春亭)

Lifetime: 1770 - 1820

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Pupil of Katsukawa Shun'ei. Although the earliest authenticated work by him is an actor print (yakusha-e) in a style similar to Utagawa Kunimasa that is based on a performance in 9/1798 and issued by the publisher Tsuruya, it is not unrealistic to think that there are works predating this. In addition to yakusha-e, bijin fūzokuga [風俗画: genre images of customs and/or fashions of beautiful women, sometimes with an explicit or inferred erotic tinge], sumo-e, he designed many musha-e and, especially those that depict a broad panoramic view of battle spread across the triptych plane; these greatly expanded the world of musha-e and had an enormous impact on the later warrior prints of Utagawa Kuniyoshi. From c. 1805 to 1807 he designed Western-style landscape prints having unique compositions marked by low-horizon lines. He also produced numerous illustrations for gokan in the Bunka era (1804-18).