C1840

[Eisen]

Author:

Keisai Eisen (1790 - 1848)

Rare book illustrated by the famous ukiyo artist Keisai Eisen, with numerous black and white woodblock illustrations. Fukuro toji binding (stitched), Kobon (size), 120pp, with col. title page, 13 illustrations; 6 double page col. ill., 1 full page col. ill., 5 double page … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

[Eisen]

Date:

C1840

Author:

Keisai Eisen (1790 - 1848)

Condition:

Cover with loss of title label, rubbed, some worming, minor ageing but otherwise very good .

Technique:

Fukuro toji binding (stitched), Kobon (size)

Image Size: 

120mm 
x 175mm
AUTHENTICITY
[Eisen] - Antique Print from 1840

Genuine antique
dated:

1840

Description:

Rare book illustrated by the famous ukiyo artist Keisai Eisen, with numerous black and white woodblock illustrations. Fukuro toji binding (stitched), Kobon (size), 120pp, with col. title page, 13 illustrations; 6 double page col. ill., 1 full page col. ill., 5 double page BW ill. 1 full page BW ill.

Biography:

Keisai Eisen (1790–1848) 

Eisen was a Japanese ukiyo-e artist who specialised in bijin-ga (pictures of beautiful women). His best works, including his ōkubi-e (large head pictures), are considered to be masterpieces of the Bunsei Era (1818–1830). He was also known as Ikeda Eisen, and wrote under the name of Ippitsuan. 

Eisen was born in Edo, the son of a noted calligrapher. He was apprenticed to Kanō Hakkeisai, from whom he took the name Keisai, and after the death of his father he studied under Kikugawa Eizan. His initial works reflected the influence of his mentor, but he soon developed his own style.  He produced a number of surimono (prints that were privately issued), erotic prints, and landscapes, including The Sixty-nine Stations of the Kiso Kaidō, which he started and which was completed by Hiroshige. However, his most famous works are the bijin-ga (pictures of beautiful women) which portrayed the subjects as more worldly than those depicted by earlier artists, replacing their grace and elegance with a less studied sensuality. He produced many portraits and full-length studies depicting the fashions of the time.  In addition to producing a prolific number of prints, he was a writer, producing biographies of the Forty-seven Ronin and several books, including a continuation of the Ukiyo-e Ruiko (History of Prints of the Floating World), a book which documented the lives of the ukiyo-e artists.  

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