About Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
April 4, 1839 (17th day of the 3rd month, Tenpo 10) – June 9, 1892 (Meiji 25).
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi was a ukiyo-e artist who was active from the end of the Edo period through to the middle of the Meiji era. His family name was Yoshioka, which he later changed to Tsukioka. His actual given name was Yonejiro.
Over the course of his career as an artist he used several professional names: Ikkaisai Yoshitoshi, Kaisai, Gyokuoro, Sokatei, Shiei, and finally Taiso Yoshitoshi.
He studied under Utagawa Kuniyoshi alongside the artists Kawanabe Kyosai, Ochiai Yoshiiku, and Utagawa Yoshifuji. In particular, he maintained a friendly rivalry with Ochiai Yoshiiku and the two artists even competed by composing works on the same theme. Many ukiyo-e artists, nihonga painters and painters in other styles studied under Yoshitoshi or followed his style.