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Anchi Kaigetsudo
Edo Ukiyo-e Printmaker, painter
Japanese Studio name: Choyodo.
Belonged to a school of painters and printmakers working in the ukiyo-e style, specializing in large-scale paintings and prints of courtesans. It is generally assumed that Ando (a painter who designed no prints) was the founder of this school and that his style was closely copied by a small group of artists all using the name Kaigetsudo in their signatures. So closely do the paintings and the few rare prints that remain resemble each other that it was formerly assumed that the various signatures were all names of the same artist. He was possibly the son of Kaigetsudo Ando, and the only immediately follower of Ando to have his own studio name. About twenty of Anchi's paintings have survived. His prints, of which there are so far seven known designs, are always of tall, graceful courtesans.

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