Eizan (1787-1867)

Abandonment After Sake, Woman of Mercantile House

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Eizan (1787-1867)
Abandonment After Sake, Woman of Mercantile House
Selections from the Brocade Quarter (Eawase Kingai-sho)
Woodblock Print
c. 1815
10.25" x 15"
Most shunga were unsigned
Very good color, impression and state, very light vertical fold, light soiling, small bit of tape on reverse.

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About the art

Shunga were usually part of albums and light center folds are the norm. It is also common to have light soiling around the edges due to use.

Woman of successful mercantile household entertaining her lover. Man comments " It feels like an octopus sticking to my hand, such a high quality vagina. Her comments " Feels so good, like eating all treats (sweets) at one time. No words to explain it. So satisfied again. My forty-four bones are melting"

About the artist

A native of Edo, Eizan Kikugawa was born as Toshinobu Omiya in 1787. He began his artistic career studying with his father Eiji Kikugawa, a Kano painter and fan maker, before pursuing printmaking under Hokusai’s pupil Hokkei. From the start of the 19th century to his retirement, Eizan was leading artist of bijin-ga (pictures of beautiful women) and shunga (erotic prints). He is considered the founder of the Kikugawa style. After 1830, he worked almost exclusively as a painter until his death in 1867.

Eizan admired and followed in the footsteps of Utamaro, despite the fact that he never trained with him. Working primarily in the genre of bijin-ga, Eizan captures beautiful women with sensibility and lyricism, imbuing them with an elegance and graceful classicality. Though the increased demand for ukiyo-e during the early 19th century caused some artists to rush their designs, Eizan resisted this pressure, maintaining impeccable design skills throughout his career.

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