Wikipedia:In this Japanese name, the family name is Utagawa.
Utagawa Kuniyoshi (歌川 国芳?, January 1, 1797 – April 14, 1861) was one of the last great masters of the Japanese ukiyo-e style of woodblock prints and painting. He was a member of the Utagawa school.
The range of Kuniyoshi’s subjects included many genres: landscapes, beautiful women, Kabuki actors, cats, and mythical animals. He is known for depictions of the battles of legendary samurai heroes. His artwork incorporated aspects of Western representation in landscape painting and caricature.
This guy is a wonder I’ve only recently discovered. His work runs the gamut from geishas to samurai…
This week, since this is, after all, the Internet, we’ll feature- cats.