Utagawa Kunisada was born in 1786 in Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan. Around 1800, he was accepted as an apprentice of Utagawa Toyokuni, a master of woodcarving. His early work represented prints of actors, which he later abandoned for the bijin-ga genre, which represented courtesans. During his career, he also produced works of the shunga genre, which depicts erotic engravings. It is estimated that he produced more than 20,000 works during his lifetime. He was one of the most prolific painters of the time in Japan. Utagawa Kunisada died on January 12, 1865 in Edo.
<span "'="">Utagawa Kunisada was a master of Japanese print/woodcut (ukiyo-e) and a 19th-century illustrator. His famous works are "<span "'="">The oiran or courtesan Karakoto, with kamuro Karaki and kamuro Karano of the house Kukimanji<span "'="">", "Woman surrounded by Calligraphy" and "Actor".
Utagawa Kunisada was particularly associated with Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Hiroshige and <span "'="">Utagawa Toyokuni<span "'="">.