These artworks were made by Utagawa Kuniyoshi one of the last great Japanese masters of the ukiyo-e style were really a novelty of its age. Kuniyoshi started to use cats instead of humans in satirical kabuki prints in the early
Ukiyoe = JAPANESE = 浮世絵 A school of Japanese art depicting subjects from everyday life, dominant in the centuries. The prints have a lot of color graduation instead of plain even color areas that are so typical for classical Japanese ukiyo-e .
Long-lost painting by ukiyo-e artist Utamaro found: Ukiyo-e artist Kitagawa Utamaro's 'Fukagawa no Yuki' ('Snow in Fukagawa') will be exhibited at the Okada Museum of Art in Hakone, Kanagawa Prefecture, from April