Kitagawa Tsukimaro (喜多川月麿) (artist )

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)


Harvard Museums - 1813 surimono by Tsukimaro, Utamaro II and Kunisada


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."


"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 bijinga, but he was also a noted book illustrator (kibyōshi). In 1818 he abandoned commercial printmaking in favor of painting, although he continued to design illustrations for kyōkabon. His bijinga sometimes reveal the influence of the Maryuyama-Shijō style."

From Amy Reigle Newland, The Hotei Encyclopedia of Japanese Woodblock Prints, page 459.


Publishers Tsukimaro worked with include Ōmiya Gonkurō, Murataya Jirobei in 1800, Tsuruya Kinsuke, Maruya Bun'emon, Yamashiroya Tōemon, Yamaguchiya Tōbei in 1808, Yamamotoya Heikichi in 1808, and Uemura Yohei.


There is a long surimono in the collection of the Harvard museums that was produced by Tsukimaro, Utamaro II and Kunisada with poems by Santō Kyōzan, Tatekawa Danjūrō and Jippensha Ikkusen. See the link above.


As an illustrator for book publishers

Tsukimaro drew illustrations for Nishimuraya Yohachi in 1801; Murataya Jirobei in 1802-03; Tsutaya Jūzaburō in 1805; Iwatoya Genpachi in 1805; Yamaguchiya Chūsuke in 1805; Maruya Bunemon in 1805 and 1811; Ōmiya Gonkurō in 1808 and 1810; Iwatoya Kisaburō in 1809; Yamaguchiya Tōbei in 1809, 1811 and 1814; Moriya Jihei in 1810 and 1812-13; Tsuruya Kinsuke in 1811; Sarindō in 1811; Kinkodō in 1812.


His works appear in these collections (a partial list)

Harvard, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the National Museum of Asian Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the British Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Honolulu Museum of Art, the Library of Congress, Ritsumeikan University, the Musées Royaux d'Art et d'Histoire in Brussels, the Dunedin Public Art Gallery in New Zealand, the Tokyo Metropolitan Library, the Rijksmuseum, the Ako City Museum, the National Museum of Japanese History. the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Achenbach Foundation, the Nelson Art Gallery, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Mead Art Museum at Amherst and the Mount Holyoke College Art Collection.