This section introduces a range of Japanese woodblock print artists whose work comes through our gallery.
1790 - 1848
Keisai Eisen was an artist who made important contributions to the genre of beauty prints during his lifetime, alongside artists such as Kunisada (Toyokuni III). This genre usually depicts courtesans and geisha in everyday life.
Although best known for his beauty prints, Eisen also produced a few great works in the landscape category. These include the ‘Eight Views of Edo’ (‘Edo Hakkei’) series, as well as ‘The Sixty-nine Stations of the Kiso Road’ (‘Kiso Kaido Rokuju Kyuutsugi no Uchi’) series. The latter series was started by the artist and completed by Hiroshige.
Lastly, Eisen is known as the initiator of aizuri-e, which is a term that describes ukiyo-e that is printed only in shades of blue. This technique was popular in the 1830s and 1840s and has been employed by various artists, Hokusai among them.
Eisen started his apprenticeship in art early on, studying with the Kano painter Hakkeisai. He later was looked after by Kikugawa Eiji and became a pupil of Kikugawa Eiji’s son, Kikugawa Eizan who was his contemporary, through curious circumstances.
The feudal lord of the Hishu province wanted to own all prints produced by Kikugawa Eizan’s students and received a collection of them, in which Keisai Eisen’s prints were included. As a consequence, Eisen was then considered to be Eizan’s student, too.
1759 - 0
Eiri was a pupil of Eishi Chobunsai. His works are mainly bust portrait of Beauty (Bijinga). Eiri is also known as Shikyosai and Rekisentei.
active ca. 1789–1801
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Eiri was a pupil of Eizan Kikukawa. Eizan style of Beauty in painting has been seen.