Eisen: Beauty arranging Ikebana
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Keisei Eisen (1790-1848)
A seated beauty arranging an Ikebana of iris blossoms in a bronze Uzubata vessel. In the square cartouche a geisha on an evening walk with her guests.
Title: Shigatsu kyaku no gyôkai (ikikai) – Okamoto-ya Suganosuke (Going out with guests in the fourth month– The courtesan Suganosuke from the Okamoto house)
Series: Yoshiwara yôji kuruwa no shikishi (Four Seasons in the Pleasure Quarters: Annual Events in the Yoshiwara)
Signature: Keisei Eisen ga
Publisher: Tsutaya Jûzaburô (Kôshodô), Edo
Date: c. 1821-23
Size: Vertical Oban, 36,5 x 26 cm
Excellent impression, colours and condition.
Rare image from a series of 12 prints. Cf. Victoria & Albert Museum, No. E.12964-1886 (another colour variant). Catalogue Chiba City Museum of Art, Keisai Eisen: Artist of the Floating World, 2012, p. 289, no. 214-4.