Miyagawa Isshō

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Miyagawa Isshō painting. Untitled.
From the Spring Pastimes series.
From the Spring Pastimes series.
In this Japanese name, the family name is Miyagawa.

Miyagawa Isshō (宮川 一笑, 1689 – 20 January 1780) was a Japanese painter in the ukiyo-e style, primarily depicting kabuki actors, geisha, sumo wrestlers, and other elements of everyday urban culture.

The majority of Isshō's wokrs that survive come from the Kyōhō era (1716–1736). He was a pupil of Miyagawa Chōshun (1682–1752),[1] who, in turn, was influenced by the works of Hishikawa Moronobu. Like many ukiyo-e artists, Isshō also produced a number of shunga, paintings of erotic scenes.

Isshō was banished from Edo in 1751, along with his master Chōshun, to the island of Niijima off the Izu Peninsula for a year. This came after a dispute arose over the payment for a painting commission in Nikkō. A Kanō school artist commissioned Chōshun to paint some of the walls of the Nikkō Tōshō-gū but refused or was unable to pay. In the ensuing confrontation, the Kanō artist and two others were killed by Isshō and Chōshun's son[1] (who may have been the same person).[citation needed] Isshō was never pardoned and died on 20 January 1780.[1]

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  • Japan Ukiyo-e Association (1982). Genshoku Ukiyo-e Dai-Hyakka Jiten 原色 浮世絵大百科事典 第6巻 [Original Colour Grand Ukiyo-e Encyclopaedia]. 6. Taishūkan Publishing.