Art on Tuesday: Shizuka of the Shizutamaya

chobunsaiThis ukiyo e of a geisha is made by the Japanese painter Chôbunsai Eishi (1756–1829). It  is called Shizuka of the Shizutamaya part of the series Beauties of the Yoshiwara as Six Floral Immortals.

She is sitting relaxed, leaning slightly backwards. In her left hand she is holding an opium pipe. The kimono in antique pink with stunning flower prints in rose-red to red shades. The flower motif is corresponding to the wall scroll showing red carnations, which are a symbol of romantic love. The floating cloth of the kimono and the golden obi is skillfully draped in waves to show her inner relaxation and her face is a little moony.

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