Artist: Keisei Eisen
Title: The Snow Scene of Itahana, number 15 from the series The Sixty-Nine Stations of the Kisokaido
Date: c. 1834, published by Rihe Iseya (Kinjudô)
Size: oban, approx. 14.1" x 9.5" overall
Condition: Good, flattened centerfold, foxing, wormage and minor soils, small residues on verso in bottom two corners from previous mount, not backed
Impression: VG , solid key lines, excellent registration, and bokashi
Color: VG, saturated color and bleed through to verso
Documentation: compare with Minneapolis Institute of Arts copy here: http://www.artsmia.org/viewer/detail.php?v=12&id=22527
Notes: This print is generally considered to be Eisen's finest landscape print and a masterpiece of ukiyo-e
About Keisei Eisen (1790–1848)
Self-described in his book about ukiyo-e artists, Mumeio zuihitsu (Essays of a Nameless Old Man), as a hard-drinking, dissolute, brothel owner, Eisen designed a number of excellent surimono (privately issued prints), shunga (erotic prints), beauty prints, and landscapes.The most often encountered of his landscapes were his contributions to the series "Sixty-nine Stations of the Kisokaidô Road" in the 1830s.
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