Kuniyoshi specialized in imaginative depictions of samuri warriors, images of beautiful women, landscapes, pictures of the 'floating world' and Kabuki actors. This prolific artist may have produced as many as ten thousand sheet prints. The wood used for his woodblock printing was cut vertically from mountain cherry blossom trees.
I spent several wonderful hours looking at the prints, the colours of which seemed fresh as if recently created. The landscapes around Edo (as Tokyo was then known) of 200 years ago, show town and seaside scenes that bear no resemblence to today's gigantic city.
Apart from admiring depictions of snow, boating, fishing, temple and various scenes too many to mention here, I was riveted by the costumes of the ladies, courtesans and fishing folk.
I urge you to view this collection if you have the chance to do so.
Of them all, I think Kunisada is my absolute favorite. I have pored over every print of his work I've ever seen, and could look at them endlessly.
For sheer composition, movement and dramatic tension, he simply can't be beat. I also feel that you can see in his work most clearly the angles, use of shapes, and "Japanese" perspective that so captured European painters later.