Keisai Eisen - Japanese Artists

1790 - 1848

period: 1603-1867 Ukiyo-e (Edo Period)

Keisai Eisen was of samurai extraction, after the death of his parents he cultivated the passion for the Kabuki theatre, but his love was the world of art. He received his first training under a Kanō school painter; then he studied under Kikukawa Eizan. He became in 1810 c. a prolific illustrator of popular fiction and reached a reputation as a painter. He was well known for his portraits of Feminine Beauty and around 1820 c. for a number of elegant surimono. Eisen produced also handscroll paintings and erotica scenes as, for example the series Grass on the Way of Love. In the 1830 he worked on landscape prints and collaborated with Hiroshige on the famous series The Sixty-nine stations of the Kisokaido - Kisokaido rokujuku no uchi.

Two Bijin Take Care Of Cages Of Birds
Two bijin take care of cages of birds
A Geisha Seated On A Veranda
A Geisha seated on a veranda
Evening Glow At Nihonbashi - Nihonbashi No Seiran
Evening glow at Nihonbashi - Nihonbashi no seiran
Kutsukake Station, Rain On The Nearby Plain Of The  Hiratsuka - Kutsukake No Eki Hiratsukahara
Kutsukake Station, rain on the nearby Plain of the Hiratsuka - Kutsukake no eki Hiratsukahara
Still Life With Fan, Toys, A Flowering Branch And A Kite
Still life with fan, toys, a flowering branch and a kite
Stone Of Three Lights: Sun, Moon And Stars
Stone of three lights: Sun, Moon and Stars