Eizan Kikugawa, Child Taking a Nap, Summer

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Original Japanese woodblock print.

Artists: Eizan Kikugawa (1787-1867)
Title: June, Taking a Nap
Series: Fashionable Twelve Months of Precious Children
Publisher: Maruya Jinpachi
Date: Late 18th/ Early 19th century
Condition: Centrefold. Minor creases.
Dimensions: 24.6 x 37.8 cm

An installment from Eizan's series of vignettes that show the affectionate side of the fashionable ladies from the demimonde he often depicted. The women share the elongated faces, sensuousness of line and idealisation of female beauty in all its forms found in Kitagawa Utamaro's works, which had a great influence on Eizan. Through the series Eizan explores the maternal beauty inherent in these women. A child has fallen asleep after a bout of play: beside him is a miniature omikoshi, a portable shrine transported to different spiritual locations during festivals. Eizan captures the natural elegance of the two women with their loosely draped kimonos, each embossed according to their patterns, and looks of endearment. The month of June is when the summer humidity and heat are met with the rainy season in Japan, inducing the feeling of languor and calm portrayed in the scene.

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Print Format Oban (Vertical)
Artist Name Eizan Kikugawa
Title June, Taking a Nap
Subject Beauty & Female
Dimensions 24.6 x 37.8 cm
Condition Report Centrefold. Minor creases.
Publisher Maruya Jinpachi