Eisen, Keisai (1790-1848)

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Eisen, Keisai (1790-1848)

Keisai Eisen was a Japanese ukiyo-e artist who specialised in bijin-ga print designs of beautiful women. While primarily remembered for his portraits of women, particularly the sumptuously dressed courtesans of the Yoshiwara brothel district, the prolific woodblock print designer Eisen also produced numerous landscapes throughout his career. A clear influence upon the artist was Utagawa Hiroshige, so much so that Eisen’s vistas are often mistaken for those of his contemporary. Nevertheless, his profound skill at depicting figures in action and creating dramatic mood through the use of lighting is entirely unique. In addition to producing a prolific number of prints, he was a writer.

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