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Toshusai Sharaku

(active 1794 - 1795)

Japanese printmaker, active 1794-1795

Note: Japanese printmaker known for his highly stylized portraits of Kabuki actors. Little is known about his identity, although it has been long asserted that he was one Saitō Jūobeu, a Nō actor. Sharaku's output ceased abruptly after 10 months, his work not accepted favorably. Some scholars assert that his true identity may be Hokusai.

Contains information from the J. Paul Getty Trust, Getty Research Institute, the Union List of Artist Names, which is made available under the ODC Attribution License.


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