Katsukawa Shunsho

Katsukawa Shunsho  (1726–1793) was born Katsumiyagawa Yūsuke, and originally came to Edo (Tokyo) to study poetry and painting. By 1760, he was a renowned printmaker. His yakusha-e prints of kabuki actors were unusual at the time, as one could discern both the role and the individual actor playing the role. Eventually, his style became so singular that he founded his own school of painting and printmaking.