Utagawa Kuniyoshi is considered one of the last great woodblock artists. His father was a dyer of silk, and Kuniyoshi designed fabric patterns for the family business. It is possible that Kuniyoshi’s use of rich color stems from this experience.
During much of his life there were strict governmental restrictions on art and displays of wealth, and Kuniyoshi used this as a creative challenge, many prints were veiled criticisms of the shogunate. He also loved cats and produced works where they replaced people. His flair for the dramatic and gory