Kitagawa Utamaro

  • Born: 1753
  • Died: 1806
  • Period: Edo Period
  • Occupation: Artist

Kitagawa Utamaro

Kitagawa Utamaro (喜多川 歌麿) (1753-1806) was an apprentice of Toriyama Sekien, known to have studied with him from childhood later becoming a well renown artist. He also took on apprentices’ of his own whilst working under Sekien, including a man by the name of Maki Bokusen who penned the first tale surrounding Tokugawa Ieyasu and the Yōkai known as the Nuppeppō.1


1. Yoda, H. and Alt, M. (2016) “Japandemonium: Illustrated: The Yokai Encyclopaedia of Toriyama Sekien.”. New York: Dover Publications, Inc.

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Kitagawa Utamaro