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All 33 artists from country Japan

Katsushika Hokusai

Katsushika Hokusai (1760 - 1849) - Japan (Edo (Present-Day Tokyo))

Ukiyo-E, Ukiyo-E

Katsushika Hokusai (葛飾 北斎, listen (help·info), c. October 31, 1760 – May 10, 1849) was a Japanese artist, ukiyo-e painter and printmaker of the Edo period. Born in Edo (now Tokyo), Hokusai is best known as author of the woodblock print series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji (富嶽三十六景, Fugaku Sanjūroku-kei, c. 1831) which includes the internationally i......

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892) - Japan (Edo)

Ukiyo-E, Ukiyo-E

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (Japanese: 月岡 芳年 also named Taiso Yoshitoshi 大蘇 芳年 30 April 1839 – 9 June 1892) was a Japanese artist. He is widely recognized as the last great master of the ukiyo-e genre of woodblock printing and painting. He is also regarded as one of the form's greatest innovators. His career spanned two eras – the last years of Edo period ......

Suzuki Harunobu

Suzuki Harunobu (1725 - 1770) - Japan (Edo)

Suzuki Harunobu (Japanese: 鈴木 春信 c. 1725 – 15 July 1770) was a Japanese designer of woodblock print artist in the Ukiyo-e style. He was an innovator, the first to produce full-color prints (nishiki-e) in 1765, rendering obsolete the former modes of two- and three-color prints. Harunobu used many special techniques, and depicted a wide variety of su......

Léonard Tsugouharu Foujita

Léonard Tsugouharu Foujita (1886 - 1968) - Japan (Tokyo)

Expressionism, Expressionism

Léonard Tsuguharu Foujita (藤田 嗣治, Fujita Tsuguharu, November 27, 1886 – January 29, 1968) was a Japanese–French painter and printmaker born in Tokyo, Japan, who applied Japanese ink techniques to Western style paintings. He has been called "the most important Japanese artist working in the West during the 20th century". His Book of Cats, published ......

Utagawa Kuniyoshi

Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861) - Japan (Edo)

Ukiyo-E, Ukiyo-E

Utagawa Kuniyoshi (歌川 國芳, January 1, 1798 – April 14, 1861) was one of the last great masters of the Japanese ukiyo-e style of woodblock prints and painting. He was a member of the Utagawa school. The range of Kuniyoshi's subjects included many genres: landscapes, beautiful women, Kabuki actors, cats, and mythical animals. He is known for depiction......

Kitagawa Utamaro

Kitagawa Utamaro (1753 - 1806) - Japan (Edo)

Ukiyo-E, Ukiyo-E

Kitagawa Utamaro (Japanese: 喜多川 歌麿 c. 1753 – 31 October 1806) was a Japanese artist. He is one of the most highly regarded designers of ukiyo-e woodblock prints and paintings, and is best known for his bijin ōkubi-e "large-headed pictures of beautiful women" of the 1790s. He also produced nature studies, particularly illustrated books of insects. L......

Takashi Murakami

Takashi Murakami Japan (Tokyo)

Pop Art, Pop Art

Takashi Murakami (村上 隆, Murakami Takashi, born February 1, 1962) is a Japanese contemporary artist. He works in fine arts media (such as painting and sculpture) as well as commercial media (such as fashion, merchandise, and animation) and is known for blurring the line between high and low arts. He coined the term "superflat", which describes both ......

Léonard Tsuguharu Foujita

Léonard Tsuguharu Foujita (1886 - 1968) - Japan (Tokyo)

Léonard Tsuguharu Foujita (藤田 嗣治, Fujita Tsuguharu, November 27, 1886 – January 29, 1968) was a Japanese–French painter and printmaker born in Tokyo, Japan, who applied Japanese ink techniques to Western style paintings. He has been called "the most important Japanese artist working in the West during the 20th century". His Book of Cats, published ......

Torii Kiyonaga

Torii Kiyonaga (1752 - 1815) - Japan (Tokyo)

This article is about the ukiyo-e artist for samurai named Kiyonaga, see Naito Kiyonaga and Koriki Kiyonaga. Torii Kiyonaga (Japanese: 鳥居 清長 1752 – June 28, 1815) was a Japanese ukiyo-e artist of the Torii school. Originally Sekiguchi Shinsuke, the son of an Edo bookseller, he took on Torii Kiyonaga as an art name. Although not biologically related......

Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama Japan (Matsumoto)

Pop Art, Pop Art

Yayoi Kusama (草間 彌生, Kusama Yayoi, born March 22, 1929) is a Japanese contemporary artist who works primarily in sculpture and installation, but is also active in painting, performance, film, fashion, poetry, fiction, and other arts. Her work is based in conceptual art and shows some attributes of feminism, minimalism, surrealism, Art Brut, pop art......

Ogata Kōrin

Ogata Kōrin (1658 - 1716) - Japan (Kyoto)

Ogata Kōrin (Japanese: 尾形光琳 1658 – June 2, 1716) was a Japanese painter, lacquerer and designer of the Rinpa school. Ogata is best known for his byōbu folding screens, such as Irises and Red and White Plum Blossoms (both registered National Treasures), and his paintings on ceramics and lacquerware produced by his brother Kenzan (1663–1743). Also a ......

Yoshitomo Nara

Yoshitomo Nara Japan (Hirosaki)

Pop Art, Pop Art

Yoshitomo Nara (奈良 美智, Nara Yoshitomo, born 5 December 1959 in Hirosaki, Aomori Prefecture, Japan) is a Japanese artist. He lives and works in Tokyo, though his artwork has been exhibited worldwide. Nara has had nearly 40 solo exhibitions since 1984. His art work has been housed at the MoMA and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA). Hi......

Ken Domon

Ken Domon (1909 - 1990) - Japan (Sakata)

Ken Domon (土門 拳, Domon Ken, 25 October 1909 – 15 September 1990) is one of the most renowned Japanese photographers of the 20th century. He is most celebrated as a photojournalist, though he may have been most prolific as a photographer of Buddhist temples and statuary. Domon was born in Sakata, Yamagata Prefecture, and, as a young man, was deeply ......

Kenzo Okada

Kenzo Okada (1902 - 1982) - Japan (Yokohama)

Kenzo Okada (岡田 謙三 "Okada Kenzō" September 28, 1902 – July 25, 1982) was a Japanese-born American painter and the first Japanese-American artist to work in the abstract expressionist style and receive international acclaim. According to Michelle Stuart, "when Okada came to the United States he was already a mature painter, well considered in his na......

On Kawara

On Kawara (1933 - 2014) - Japan (Kariya)

On Kawara (河原 温, Kawara On, December 24, 1932 – July 10, 2014) was a Japanese conceptual artist who lived in New York City from 1965. He took part in many solo and group exhibitions, including the Venice Biennale in 1976. Kawara was born in Kariya, Japan on December 24, 1932. After graduating from Kariya High School in 1951, Kawara moved to Tokyo. ......

Utagawa Kunisada

Utagawa Kunisada (1786 - 1865) - Japan (Honjo)

Ukiyo-E, Ukiyo-E

Utagawa Kunisada (Japanese: 歌川 国貞 also known as Utagawa Toyokuni III (三代歌川豊国) 1786 – 12 January 1865) was the most popular, prolific and commercially successful designer of ukiyo-e woodblock prints in 19th-century Japan. In his own time, his reputation far exceeded that of his contemporaries, Hokusai, Hiroshige and Kuniyoshi. At the end of the Edo ......

Yasuo Kuniyoshi

Yasuo Kuniyoshi (1893 - 1953) - Japan (Okayama)

Yasuo Kuniyoshi (国吉 康雄, Kuniyoshi Yasuo, 1 September 1889 – 14 May 1953) was an American painter, photographer and printmaker. Kuniyoshi was born in Okayama, Japan in 1889. He immigrated to America in 1906, choosing not to attend military school in Japan. Kuniyoshi originally intended to study English and return to Japan to work as a translator. He......

Asai Chū

Asai Chū (1856 - 1907) - Japan (Sakura Chiba)

Asai Chū (浅井 忠, July 22, 1856 – December 16, 1907) was a Japanese painter, noted for his pioneering work in developing the yōga (Western-style) art movement in late 19th century and early twentieth-century Japanese painting. Asai was born to an ex-samurai class household in Sakura, in the Kantō region of Japan, where his father had been a retainer ......

Kobayashi Kiyochika

Kobayashi Kiyochika (1847 - 1915) - Japan (Edo)

Kobayashi Kiyochika (小林 清親, 10 September 1847 – 28 November 1915) was a Japanese ukiyo-e artist, best known for his ukiyo-e colour woodblock prints and newspaper illustrations. His work documents the rapid modernization and Westernization Japanese underwent during the Meiji period (1868–1912) and employs a sense of light and shade called kōsen-ga (......

Suzuki Kiitsu

Suzuki Kiitsu (1796 - 1858) - Japan (Edo)

Suzuki Kiitsu (Japanese: 鈴木其一, 1796 – 1858) was a Japanese painter of the Rinpa school. A student of the famous painter Sakai Hoitsu (1761–1828), he was for a long time considered a minor member of Rinpa school of Japanese painting. In recent years his work has been reevaluated and gained recognition, leading to a series of major exhibitions of his......

Sakai Hōitsu

Sakai Hōitsu (1761 - 1829) - Japan (Edo)

Sakai Hōitsu (Japanese: 酒井 抱一 August 1, 1761 – January 4, 1828) was a Japanese painter of the Rinpa school . He is known for having revived the style and popularity of Ogata Kōrin, and for having created a number of reproductions of Kōrin's work. Sakai Hōitsu was born on 1 August 1761 in Edo. His father was the lord (daimyo) of Himeji Castle in Har......

Nagasawa Rosetsu

Nagasawa Rosetsu (1754 - 1799) - Japan (Yamashiro)

Nagasawa Rosetsu (長沢芦雪, 1754–1799) was an 18th-century (Edo period) Japanese painter of the Maruyama School, known for his versatile style. He was born to the family of a low-ranking samurai. He studied with Maruyama Ōkyo in Kyoto. There are conflicting versions of Rosetsu's family origins, but the most credible appears to be that he was born to th......

Jonathan Meese

Jonathan Meese Japan (Tokyo)

Jonathan Meese (born January 23, 1970 in Tokyo) is a German painter, sculptor, performance artist and installation artist based in Berlin and Hamburg. Meese's (often multi-media) works include paintings, collages, drawings and writing. He also designs theater sets and wrote and starred in a play, De Frau: Dr. Poundaddylein - Dr. Ezodysseusszeusuzur......

Larry Poons

Larry Poons Japan (Tokyo)

Lawrence Poons (born October 1, 1937), better known as Larry Poons, is an abstract painter who was born in Tokyo, Japan. He studied from 1955 to 1957 at the New England Conservatory of Music, with the intent of becoming a professional musician. After seeing Barnett Newman's exhibition at French and Company in 1959, Poons gave up musical composition......

Sesson Shūkei

Sesson Shūkei (1504 - 1589) - Japan (Hitachi)

Sesson Shukei (born Satake Heizo) (Japanese: 雪村 1504 – c. 1589) was a Japanese Zen monk and painter from the Muromachi period. He is the most important painter who followed the style of Sesshū Tōyō (1420-1506). His works are classic examples of Japanese ink painting which was imported via many artists from China. He produced many landscapes. He tra......

Atsuko Tanaka

Atsuko Tanaka (1932 - 2005) - Japan (Osaka)

Atsuko Tanaka (田中 敦子, Tanaka Atsuko February 10, 1932 – December 3, 2005) was a pioneering Japanese avant-garde artist. Tanaka was born in Osaka, on February 10, 1932. She went to several local art schools where she worked in mostly figurative mode. The schools she attended were the Art Institute of Osaka Municipal Museum of Art in 1950, and from 1......

Chiura Obata

Chiura Obata (1952 - 1936) - Japan (Okayama)

Chiura Obata (小圃 千浦, Obata Chiura, November 18, 1885 – October 6, 1975) was a well-known Japanese-American artist and popular art teacher. A self-described "roughneck", Obata went to the United States in 1903, at age 17. After initially working as an illustrator and commercial decorator, he had a successful career as a painter, following a 1927 sum......

Ando Hiroshige

Ando Hiroshige (1797 - 1858) - Japan (Tokyo)

Ukiyo-E, Ukiyo-E

Kobayashi Eitaku

Kobayashi Eitaku (1843 - 1890) - Japan

Kobayashi Eitaku (小林 永濯, 22 April 1843 – 27 May 1890) was a Japanese artist specializing in ukiyo-e and nihonga. Eitaku apprenticed under the Kanō school painter Kanō Eishin. Legend states he aspired to paint for Ii clan in Hikone, and another that Kanō Eishū took him on as an adopted son. After he left the Kanō school to produce ukiyo-e, it is sai......

Hiro Yamagata

Hiro Yamagata Japan (Maibara)

Pop Art, Pop Art

Ogata Gekko

Ogata Gekko (1859 - 1920) - Japan (Tokyo)

Goyo Hashiguchi

Goyo Hashiguchi (1880 - 1921) - Japan (Kagoshima Prefecture)

Toyota Hokkei

Toyota Hokkei (1780 - 1850) - Japan (Tokyo)


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