Kunisada

In his own time, Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1865) was by far the most popular and successful ukiyo-e print designer in Japan. He was a prolific artist with enormous talent and energy and published tens of thousands of individual designs. His most popular subject was kabuki actors, but he also excelled at pictures of beautiful women (bijin-ga). He also designed many scenes of ghosts and the Tale of Genji.