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by Utagawa Kuniyoshi

<<=>> Utagawa Kuniyoshi one of the last great masters of the ukiyo-e style in painting and woodblock printing. Kuniyoshi’s subjects included landscape, women, kabuki actors, mythical animals and… wait for it… CATS!

Cave to Canvas

cavetocanvas: “ Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Cats Forming the Characters for Catfish, n.

#Japanese Bob Tail Cat    『見立昼夜廿四時之内 午後八時』国周

#Japanese Bob Tail Cat 『見立昼夜廿四時之内 午後八時』国周

Ukiyo-e cats in edo period clothing rowing a boat

Cats in Japanese art are frisky, scary, weird, delicate and fun. Basically cat memes from the century.


Ukiyo-e, estampes japonaises gravées sur bois

Jeux de Poulpes

Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Octopus Games, Color woodblock print, 14 x 9 in. American Friends of The British Museum (The Arthur R. Miller Collection) Photo © Trustees of The British Museum.