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Exhibit Catalog to the Morris County Historical Society's "Out of the Closet" Exhibition

Utagawa Kunisada

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Portrait of Kunisada I

Kunisada was the most prolific of all the Ukiyo-e artists. He studied under Utagawa Toyokuni (from which he adopted the "kuni" name) and excelled primarily as a designer of kabuki actor prints and beautiful woman pictures. He also designed a large number of shunga (erotica pictures) in book format. He was a noted poet and a member of a prestigious literary circle that included popular writers Shikitei Sanba and Santo Kyoden.
 
Kunisada supplanted his master's adopted son and son-in-law Toyokuni II in 1844 and due to this succession, he is widely referred to as Toyokuni III.
 

A Modern-Day Suikoden

Arashi Rikan and Bando Shuka

Miracles of Kannon