Kabuki and ukiyo-e are the amenities for the townspeople in Edo period (1603-1683). Samurai and ancient battle were one of the popular themes of the theatrical performance and woodblock printing. The stories of samurai made them excited and grieved same as today.
Though there were countless ukiyo-e artists in Edo period, not all of them drew the pictures of samurai, musha-e (武者絵). The only artists who were good at expressing their bravery and painfulness with impressive pictures. Especially Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1798-1861) and his disciple Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892).
Okumura Masanobu (1686-1764)
Ochiai/Utagawa Yoshiiku (1833-1904)
Utagawa Yoshitora (fl. c. 1836-1882)
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892)
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Books about samurai ukiyo-e prints