The Woodblock Print
A recarving of an 1800s print, this one printed circa 1915 by the Japanese Print Purity Company, this print was originally tipped to a folio with a tissue front cover. The print itself has come loose from the folio (cleanly), but being sold with the folio and tissue cover. No tears, folds, creases or stains. In very good condition overall.
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.