Kuniyoshi’s paintings

Part I


More than 60 signed paintings by Kuniyoshi have been documented.  Also on this website are the ten extant ink and color paintings for the series The 108 Heroes of the Popular Suikoden.



Description: Courtesan with full moon and bat

Schaap: 1.1

Location: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


I am grateful to Robert Pryor for this image.

Description: Bust portraits of beauty smoking a pipe and beauty holding a bolt of cloth

Schaap: 1.2


Description: Standing prostitute reading a letter, hearing the call of the cuckoo

Schaap: 1.7


Description: Beauty standing in a breeze, holding a letter

Schaap: 1.8


Description: Two Kamuro waiting for a courtesan

Schaap: 1.10


Description: Beauty in summer kinono seated at a round window

Schaap: 1.11


Description: A street prostitute

Schaap: 1.12


Description: A lady’s maid with wide hairstyle, kimono with long, hanging sleeves and belt tied high at back, carrying flowering pink morning glory in large porcelain planter out in front of her

Schaap: 1.13

Date: c. 1848-1854

Location: The British Museum



Description: Woman in dishabille hurrying forward

Schaap: 1.18

Date: c. 1845-1847


Description: A young beauty reading a letter

Schaap: 1.20

Date: c. 1848-1854


Description: Woman and child beside an open verandah in summer

Schaap: 1.22

Date: c. 1836


Description: Partially disrobed woman at a bathhouse

Schaap: 1.25

Date: 1844-1854

Location: Ôta Memorial Ukiyo-e Museum


Description: Woman seated under a cherry blossoms

Schaap: 1.26


Description: Young woman wearing a kimono with long hanging sleeves

Schaap: 1.27

Date: c. 1848-1850

Location: Museo d'Arte Orientale, Genova


Description: Two beauties seated beneath cherry blossoms in the moonlight

Schaap: 1.28

Location: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


I am grateful to Robert Pryor for this image.


Description: Courtesan wearing a robe with Ôtsu pictures

Schaap: 1.29

Date: c. 1848-1854

Location: Takashima Masao Collection, Japan



Description: Standing courtesan wearing two hair combs

Schaap: 1.31

Date: c. 1848-1850

Location: Kumamoto Prefectural Museum of Art



Description: The courtesan Jigoku Reigan of Takasu who was adopted and patronized by the priest Ikkyu



Description: Standing courtesan




Description: Standing shirabyôshi dancer


Date: c. 1849-1853



Description: Standing beauty in blue and white kimono


Date: c. 1845-1847



Description: The Chinese hero Kyumonryô Shishin sitting under a tree at night




I am grateful to Robert Pryor for this image.







Paintings under flaps:

Description: Procession of floats at the Sannô Festival in Surugachô

Size: 54.5 x 361.5 cm

Location: Tokyo Museum


I am grateful to Robert Pryor for this image.


Schaap” refers to listing in Heroes and Ghosts: Japanese Prints by Kuniyoshi by Robert Schaap (Hotei Publishing, Leiden, 1998)