Eisen Keisai, Lady Tomoe and Okino Jirozaemon Hiroari, Illustrated Famous Warriors


Artist: Eisen Kesai (1790-1848)
Title: Lady Tomoe from Genpei Seisui Ki, Okino Jirozaemon Hiroari from Taiheiki
Book title: Buyu Sakigake Zue, Illustrated Famous Warriors
Publisher: Eirakuya Toshiro
Date: c.1840s
Size: (L) 15.6 x 22.6, (R) 15.6 x 22.6 cm

Original Japanese woodblock print.

Eisen Keisai

Keisai Eisen was an artist, who alongside Kunisada I (Toyokuni III), was renowned for his beauty prints, depicting courtesans and geisha in everyday life, sometimes touching on the erotic in nature. Despite his devotion to the genre he also produced noteworthy landscape prints such as the ‘Eight Views of Edo’ (‘Edo Hakkei’) series, occasionally collaborating with Hiroshige I. Eisen is also known for his development 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, including Hokusai. He began an apprenticeship in art early on in life, studying with the Kano painter Hakkeisai. He later was looked after by Kikugawa Eiji and became known as a pupil of 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. Thereafter, Eisen was then considered to be Eizan’s student, too.

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Print FormatDouble Page
ArtistEisen Keisai
SubjectSamurai & Male
Dimensions(L) 15.6 x 22.6, (R) 15.6 x 22.6 cm
Condition ReportSlightly faded, light stains due to old glue, light creases, thin areas.