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Artist: Utagawa Toyokuni II (二代目歌川豊国)

Alternate names:
Genzō (nickname - 源蔵)
Gosotei or Kōsotei (go 後素亭)
Ichibetsusai (go - ?)
Ichiesai (go - 一瑛斎)
Ichiryūsai (go - 一龍斎)
Kunishige (go - 国重)
Gosotei Toyokuni (go 後素亭豊国)
Utagawa Toyoshige (歌川豊重)

Lifetime: 1777 - 1835

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Biography:

Utagawa Toyokuni II (1777–1835), also known as Toyoshige, was a designer of ukiyo-e Japanese woodblock prints in Edo. He was the pupil, son-in-law and adopted son of Toyokuni I. The former used the name Toyoshige (豊重) until 1826, the year after his teacher’s death, when he began signing his work Toyokuni (豊国). Kunisada, another student of Toyokuni I, did not recognize Toyoshige’s claim and declared himself “Toyokuni” and leader of the school. Toyoshige resumed signing his work “Toyoshige”.

Toyokuni I, Toyokuni II (Toyoshige), and Toyokuni III (Kunisada) each used the signature Toyokuni (豊国). The signature of Toyokuni II is easiest to distinguish by the chalice-shaped toyo (豊) kanji.

Toyoshige’s students include Utagawa Kunimatsu, Utagawa Kunishige II, Utagawa Kuniteru III, and Utagawa Kunitsuru I.

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