A geisha seated on a veranda
A geisha seated on a veranda
Japanese prints

Keisai Eisen

1790 - 1848

A Geisha seated on a veranda - 1820 c.

Colour woodblock
Shikishiban surimono: mm 213 x 188
Signed ‘Keisai’

Very good impression, printed on thicker paper (Hōsogami) which created special printing effects ‘ blind printing’ and embellished with a liberal use of metallic tints mainly silver. Some fading, very slightly trimmed to the left and at the bottom.
Surimono portraying a night scene with a geisha seated on a veranda and holding a sake cup.
Provenance:Collection Basil Stewart’s until 1914. Rare.

Comments on: Keisai Eisen

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.