Edo Utagawa Printmaker, painter
F.N.: Jinsuke. Go: Ichijusai.
Utagawa Kunimasa was an Ukiyo-e painter and printmaker. He was born in northern Japan, and later moved to Edo. Kunimasa was first apprenticed to a dyer, but eventually became the favorite pupil of Toyokuni. His earliest prints date from 1795. He was known particularly for his excellent okubi-e of actors, which have some of the satirical quality of Sharaku and the grace of Toyokuni. His reputation eventually exceeded that of his master. He worked primarily as a printmaker until about 1805, sometimes producing prints in collaboration with Toyokuni. He then gave up painting and turned to the making of masks. His works are rare, and much prized by French connoisseurs.