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Yūsai Toshiaki (1864-1921)

Biographical Data


Yūsai Toshiaki 幽斎年章 (1864-1921)
Sources: Courage and Silence: A Study of the Life and Color Woodblock Prints of Tsukioka Yoshitoshi: 1839-1892, Roger Keyes, 1982, p. 546; the website of J. Noel Chiappa http://www.yoshitoshi.net/students.html; Artelino Art Auctions website http://www.artelino.com/archive/artists.asp
Artist names (): Nakazawa Toshiaki  中沢 年章; Yūsai 幽斎, Nenkō 年甲

A student of Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892), Toshiaki was born in Fuse village, Yamanashi Prefecture, west of Edo. He was better known as a traditional Japanese painter than as a woodblock artist. His specialties were bijin-ga; images of both historical and contemporary people; action scenes, including triptychs and an album of prints (see below) of the Sino-Japanese War, which showed his excellent drawing ability.

Artist's Signatures

Toshiaki ga with unidentified seal, 1895

Toshiaki with Toshiaki seal, 1897
(from Chū
shingura series)