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PostPosted: Tue Jul 29, 2008 3:36 am    Post subject: ukiyoe artist Reply with quote
Hi, I'm chasing the name of an ukiyoe artist who painted in the usual ukiyoe style but had very interesting subject matter.

I recall what looked like a battle(??) but the soldiers were frogs. Another print had very interesting ghostly characters. Yet another had a face that was made up of people. Wakarimasuka?

I think the artist's name was yoshitoshi or toshiyoshi. Could some knowledgeable person also post the kanji for his name?
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 29, 2008 3:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Don't know the frog soldier print, but the artist you're thinking of is likely Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (月岡 芳年). Definitely my favorite of the late Bakumatsu / early Meiji ukiyo-e artists. He started off with your standard historical, bijin, and actor prints, but at some point in his career (perhaps after some form of mental breakdown) he started getting into really grim and gory artwork filled with horrific elements, similar to Goya's black period.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 30, 2008 4:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Tsukioka is a really interesting character (would probably be diagnosed as schizophrenic now). But this could also be Utagawa Kuniyoshi 歌川国芳

http://www.wul.waseda.ac.jp/kosho/bunko10/b10_8285/b10_8285.jpg
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 30, 2008 6:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Thanks for the replies, I checked out some of the works by the guys you mentioned & I can't help but think it is yet another artist that I am looking for.

I recall his (whatever his actual name may be) works to be not so much gruesome as playful & humorous despite the odd looking monsters in his prints.

It's frustrating, I actually have a big, colour periodical on the guy but it's back in Australia.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 30, 2008 11:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
TORIYAMA Sekien 鳥山石燕 as well is known for his ghostly pictures.


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