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Isoda Koryūsai

Japanese, 1735-1790

Occupation or Type

print designer


Isoda Koryûsai was an artist of samurai origin who first appeared in the record as a print designer in 1769, when Harunobu was at the height of his popularity and influence. In a recent study, Allen Hockley argues that Koryûsai was Harunobu's pupil and suddenly found himself in demand after his teacher's death in 1770, when publishers were eager for someone to continue in Harunobu's style. Koryûsai's early works are often directly inspired by Harunobu's compositions and figure types, although he would soon evolve a distinct style.



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