Eisen Woodblock Kanda Myoujin Shrine
From the Series: Modern Day Magnifying Glass
A beautifully detailed genuine hand produced Woodblock Print by Keisai Eisen. The print is from the series Modern Day Magnifying Glass. The print is titled “Kanda Myoujin Shrine” and the shrine is located near Ochanomizu station, Tokyo.
A woman dressed in traditional costume is carrying a “Janome gasa” traditional coarse oilpaper umbrella to fend off the hot sun or the rain. The mirror shaped cartouche depicts a scene inside Kanda Myoujin Shrine.
Dimensions: Oban, 27.2 x 40cm (sheet size) OR 10.4/5 x 15.7 inches
Originally published and printed in 1820. This version published mid 20th Century. The Publisher Seal (Yuyudo) is in the margin.
The print is in excellent condition.
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Keisai Eisen (1790 – 1848) was a Japanese ukiyo-e artist who specialised in bijinga (pictures of beautiful women).
Eisen was born in Edo into the Ikeda family. Eisen also apprenticed under Kanō Hakkeisai and he took the name Keisai. After the death of his father he studied under Kikugawa Eizan and his initial works reflected the influence of his mentor and soon after he developed his own style.
He created a number of erotic as well as landscape prints that were privately issued. Eisen created The Sixty-nine Stations of the Kiso Kaidō and his most famous works are of beautiful women. He 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 as well as several books. He describes himself as a dissolute hard-drinker and also claims to have been the owner of a brothel in Nezu in the 1830s which had burned down.