Eisen Woodblock 48 Mannerisms in the Floating World


A woman gazes into a mirror as the cartouche depicts her thoughts of another place.

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Eisen Woodblock 48 Mannerisms in the Floating World

From the series “48 Mannerisms in the Floating World”

Eisen Woodblock A Passion For Caring For Ones Hair. A beautifully detailed genuine hand produced mid 20th Century woodblock print on washi paper titled

A woman examines her hair using two mirrors as a cartouche to the top left depicts her thoughts of another place.

Dimensions: Oban 27.2 x 40cm (sheet size) OR 10.4/5 x 15.7 inches

The print is in excellent condition.  Originally printed in 1820 (EDO Era).

Shipping is via Australia Post with tracking and is approximately 8 business days to most international locations.

Keisai Eisen (渓斎 英泉, 1790 – 1848) was a Japanese ukiyo-e artist who specialised in bijinga (pictures of beautiful women).  Eisen’s large head pictures also known as ōkubi-e are considered to be masterpieces of the Bunsei Era (1818–1830).


Eisen Ikeda was born in Edo.  He was apprenticed to Kanō Hakkeisai and consequently took the name Keisai.  He also studied under Kikugawa Eizan and consequently his initial works reflected the influence of his mentor, but he soon developed his own style.

Eisen produced a number of erotic and surimono (privately issued prints) as well as landscapes.  His works also included The Sixty-nine Stations of the Kiso Kaidō which he started and was subsequently completed by Hiroshige.  His most famous works are the bijin-e (pictures of beautiful women).  He portrayed the subjects as more worldly and replaced their grace and elegance with a less studied sensuality.  He also produced many portraits and full-length studies depicting the fashions of the time.

In addition to producing a prolific number of prints, he was also a writer. He produced biographies of the Forty-seven Ronin and several books.  These included a continuation of the Ukiyo-e Ruiko (History of Prints of the Floating World), a book which documented the lives of the ukiyo-e artists.   His supplement is known as “Notes of a Nameless Old Man.”  He describes himself as a dissolute hard-drinker and claims to have also been the owner of a brothel in Nezu in the 1830s which had burned down.


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Dimensions55 × 68 cm



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