Utagawa Kuniyasu (歌川国安) (artist 1794 – 1832)

Ippōsai ( - 一鳳斎)
Yasujirō (nickname - 安次郎)
Utagawa Yasugorō (family name - 歌川安五郎)



Edo print designer, book illustrator, and painter. A pupil of Utagawa Toyokuni I, he produced prints of yakusha-e and bijinga in the Utagawa school style. The rarity of his prints suggests that his relatively short career was only a modest success.

From The Hotei Encyclopedia of Japanese Prints


The Metropolitan Museum curatorial files note: "Compared to his teacher, Utagawa Toyokuni, Kuniyasu portrayed actors with more angular, sharp-edged lines, particularly in the treatment of facial details."


There are prints by Kuniyasu in these museum and institutional collections: the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston; the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the Achenbach Foundation; the Chazen Museum of Art; the Art Institute of Chicago; the Harvard Art Museums; the Walters Art Museum; the Library of Congress; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the University of Michigan Museum of Art; the Mead Art Museum, Amherst; the Cleveland Museum of Art; the San Diego Museum of Art; the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art; the Yale University Art Gallery; the New York Public Library; the Worcester Art Museum; the Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin; the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas; Waseda University; Museum für angewandte Kunst, Vienna; the British Museum; the Victoria and Albert Museum; the musée Guimet; the musée du quai Branly; the Rijksmuseum; the Rumyantsev Museum, Moscow; the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts; the Art Gallery of New South Wales; the National Gallery of Australia; the Finnish National Gallery of Art; the Auckland Art Gallery; the Ashmolean; the National Library of Australia; et al.


As an illustrator for book publishers

Kuniyasu drew illustrations for Nishinomiya Shinrokua in 1811; Nishimuraya Yohachi in 1811, 1828, 1830 and 1832; Maruya Bun'emon in 1820, 1822-23 and 1825-27; Yamaguchiya Tōbei in 1822, 1825 and 1827; Tsuruya Kiemon in 1824-31 and 1833; Itō Yohei in 1825; Iwatoya Kisaburō in 1825-26 and 1830; Izumiya Ichibei in 1827-28, 1830 and 1833; Yamamotya Heikichi in 1826, 1829-30, 1832 and 1834; Moriya Jihei in 1826, 1829 and 1832.