Utagawa Toyokuni I (1769-1825), one of the leading ukiyo-e artists of the Edo Period (1603-1868), was known for outshining Toshusai Sharaku (active 1794-1795), equalling Kitagawa Utamaro (1753-1806) with his bijinga (portraits of beautiful women) and producing woodblock prints that rivaled those of Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849).
As 2019 marks the 250th anniversary of his death, this comprehensive exhibition traces Utagawa's career and looks into the impact his art had on fellow artists. Featured works include "Portraits of Actors on the Stage: The Actor Masatsuya" (1794) and "The Actor Sawamura Sojiro in a Choki-Bune Boat" (undated). (Yukari Tanaka)
Ticket Giveaway: We have five pairs of tickets to "Utagawa Toyokuni: A Man Who Surpassed Sharaku" at the Ota Memorial Museum of Art to give to readers. The ticket giveaway is now online only. To apply, visit jtimes.jp/tickets. Deadline: Sept. 3.