Katsukawa Shunsen (勝川春好) (artist 1762 – ca 1830)

Kashōsai ( - 可笑斎)
Shunkō II ( - 春好)
Shunrin ( - 春琳)
Tōryūsai ( - 登龍齋)
Katsukawa Seijirō (family name - 勝川清次郎)



Shunsen was born in 1762 and died in ca. 1830.


"Particularly known for his book illustrations, Shunsen also designed prints of beauties, genre scenes, and landscapes. He gave up prints about 1823 and, as Shunkō II, devoted himself to porcelain decoration. He is not to be confused with another artist of the same name who was active about 1790."

Quoted from: The Women of the Pleasure Quarter: Japanese Paintings and Prints of the Floating World, 1996, p. 172.


Katsukawa Shunsen was a pupil of Tsutsumi Tōrin III (ca. 1743-1820: 三代目堤等琳) and later of Katsukawa Shun'ei, from whom he took the name Katsukawa. He produced bijin (beautiful women), genre scene and landscape prints. In 1823 he gave up printmaking and became a porcelain decorator.

This information is based on Roberts A Dictionary of Japanese Artists.


As an illustrator for book publishers

Shunsen drew illustrations for Maruya Jinpachi in 1809, 1811-12 and 1819; Izumiya Ichibei in 1809-10, 1812-13, 1817 and 1819-23; Nishimura Genroku in 1809; Enjudō in 1810; Yamadaya Sanshirō in 1810; Iwatoya in 1810-11, 1820 and 1823-24; Tsutaya Jūzaburō in 1810; Wakasaya Yoichi in 1811-12; Tsuruya Kiemon in 1811-12, 1818 and 1821-22; Iwatoya Kisaburō in 1811, 1820 and 1823-24; Kansendō in 1814; Moriya Jihei in 1815; Yamamotoya Heikichi in 1822.