Art on Tuesday: Eisen Keisai

418px-Eisen_2This is a bijin-ga, a picture of a beautiful woman by the Japanese artist Eisen Keisai 渓斎英泉 (1790–1848). A woodblock-print (ukiyo-e). Eisen Keisai was specialized on pictures of beauties and portrait painting of the so-called ôkubi. He was even working together with another master of ukiyo-e: Some of the famous woodblock prints of the Sixty-nine Stations of the Kiso Kaidô were made together with Utagawa Hiroshige. Apart from that he was a writer of biographies. All in all he was very productive as there are more than thousand pictures known of his origin.

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