He began studying under Utagawa Kunisada I at the age of 10, and continued under Kunisada II after their master's death. He originally signed his prints "Kunimasa" or "Baido Kunimasa". About 1889, he began signing his prints "Kunisada", "Baido Kunisada" or "Kochoro Kunisada". By 1892, he was using "Hosai", "Kochoro Hosai", "Baido Hosai", and "Utagawa Hosai". Japanese artists active before WWII loved to cause name chaos among collectors and art scholars.Often they did not work under their given name, but received an artist name by their master, once the apprenticeship had ended. And often printmakers changed their names several times during their career. Baido Hosai uis one of them. Born in 1848 under the original name of Takenouchi Hidehisa, he worked as a woodblock printmaker during the Meiji era.
He is also known as Kunimasa IV, Kochoro, Kunisada III, Toyokuni IV/V. Before his death in 1920, he was mostly known for his kabuki theater triptychs and yakusha-e (pictures of kabuki actors). Today Baido's designs are regarded as more imaginative than his contemporaries.
This triptych woodblock print is professionally framed under glass. It is signed and sealed and great condition.
Each panel measures 13 3/4 x 9 inches (visible). It was kept and well care for in a private collection until last year.
This rare find is in excellent condition with wear commensurate with age. As represented by the pictures. This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian Antiques\Japan\Prints". The seller is "sauge_verveine" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped to United States.