One in the series “Beauties in the Modern Style, an Assortment of Flowers” (Tōfū bijin hana zukushi 当風美人花尽) by Kikukawa Eizan, this print from 1807 (10th month) typifies the genre known as bijin-ga or “pictures of beautify women”. Two of the prints from this series are in the MFA Boston collection.
Good condition print from 1807, affixed to backing paper which might be able to be easily removed. Some small pin holes in the print, as well as two smudges of red on the piece itself. Even toning throughout, no rips or tears, subtle colors.
About the Artist
Kikukawa Eizan (1787-1867) first studied with his father, Eiji, a minor painter of the Kanō school, then with Suzuki Nanrei, an artist of the Shijō school. He is believed to have also studied with the ukiyo-e artist Totoya Hokkei. He produced numerous woodblock prints of beautiful women (bijin-ga) in the 1830s, but then abandoned printmaking in favor of painting. This artist should not be confused with Harukawa Eizan, an ukiyo-e print designer who was active in the 1790s. Eizan was the most prolific, longest-lived and ultimately the best of the late followers of Utamaro, who attempted to carry on the master’s bijin style after his death in 1806.