Artist: Gigadō Ashiyuki (戯画堂芦ゆき)

Alternate names:
Ashigadō (go - 芦画堂)
Nagakuni (go - 長国: used between 1814-21)

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Gigadō Ashiyuki (戯画堂芦幸) was a designer of ukiyo-e style Japanese woodblock prints in Osaka, who was active from about 1813 to 1833. He was a pupil of Asayama Ashikuni, and was also a haiku poet. Ashiyuki (芦幸) is best known for his ōban sized (about 14 by 10 inches or 36 by 25 centimeters), prints of kabuki actors, although he also illustrated books, and designed surimono.

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Roger Keyes wrote in The Theatrical World of Osaka Prints on page 207:

Ashiyuki has been unfairly neglected as an Osaka print designer. He does not seem to have been nearly as popular nor as highly regarded as Hokushū or Shigeharu, although his name appears second, between Hokushū and Kunihiro, on a broadside list of print artists that appeared around 1831... Since he could not always command the services of the best engravers (Kasuke, for example, engraved few of his prints), his work is uneven and his portraits are slightly mannered. But at his best, he designed some of the masterpieces of the Osaka school and, in a quiet way, anticipated most advances of the Osaka style. He was the first person to make much use of the horizontal format; the first to exploit the contrast between the broad, painterly style of the contemporary Shijō surimono and book illustrations that were appearing at the time with the precise and brilliant actor-print style. He was the first in Osaka to employ gofun on his prints to create an effect of snow, the first to exploit the use of color blocks without outlines and may have been, in fact, the first person to use the small-figure surimono style.