Katsukawa Shunchō

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Typical signature of Katsukawa Shunchō reading “Shunchō ga” (春湖 画)

Katsukawa Shunchō (勝川 春湖) was a Japanese designer of ukiyo-e style Japanese woodblock prints, who was active from about 1783 to about 1795.

Although a student of Katsukawa Shunshō, Shunchō's output, which consists mostly of prints of beautiful women, more closely resembles the work of Torii Kiyonaga.[1]

Shunchō also designed many shunga prints, which also resemble those of Torii Kiyonaga.[1]



  1. ^ a b Newland, Amy Reigle. (2005). Hotei Encyclopedia of Japanese Woodblock Prints, p. 456.


  • Hayashi, Yoshikazu, Kiyonaga to Shunchō, Tokyo, Yuko Shobo, 1976, 135-6.
  • Keyes, Roger S. & Keiko Mizushima, The Theatrical World of Osaka Prints, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1973, 275.
  • Lane, Richard. (1978). Images from the Floating World, The Japanese Print. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780192114471; OCLC 5246796
  • Newland, Amy Reigle. (2005). Hotei Encyclopedia of Japanese Woodblock Prints. Amsterdam: Hotei. ISBN 9789074822657; OCLC 61666175

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