Woodblock print, nishiki-e
Horizontal ôban, mm 264 x 381
Series: ‘Grass on the way of love’
‘Koi no michikusa’
Very fine impression, colour bright and well-preserved, the fugitive purple still intact.
Pristine condition, a faint centre-fold.
Richard Lane and Hayashi Yoshikazu, The Complete Ukiyo-e Shunga, n. 14, Eisen’s Life and Ehon Hana no Oku, 1977; Gian Carlo Calza, Poem of the Pillow and Other Stories by Utamaro, Hokusai, Kuniyoshiand other artists of the Floating World, 2010, pp. 428 – 429.
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.