attributed to Keisai Eisen Beauty on a Veradah with Geese

attributed to Keisai Eisen, 1790 - 1848

Preparatory Drawing of a Beauty on a Veradah with Geese Descending in the Distance

sumi ink drawing on paper, unsigned, with notations regarding colors, ca. 1830s

conserved on achival paper 15 3/4 by 11 in., 40.1 by 27.8 cm

The beauty stands on a verandah overlooking a landscape of pine trees and shades her eyes as she takes in the vista. In the distance a flock of geese are seen flying downward from the parting clouds--indicating that this design was intended to represent the classic subject of Wild Geese Descending at Katada for an Omi Hakkei (Eight Views of Omi) series.

(inv. no. 10-2693)

$1,400



translation of color notations
attributed to Keisai Eisen Beauty Seated on a Veradah with Mount Fuji

attributed to Keisai Eisen, 1790 - 1848

Preparatory Drawing of a Beauty Seated on a Veradah with Mount Fuji Under a Full Moon in the Distance

sumi ink drawing on paper, unsigned, with notations regarding colors, ca. 1830s

conserved on achival paper 15 3/4 by 11 in., 40.1 by 27.8 cm

The beauty is seated on a verandah overlooking a moonlit lake with Mount Fuji in the distance. Stylistically paired with the drawing referencing Eight Views of Omi: Wild Geese Descending at Katada, this composition is then recognizable as Autumn Moon at Ishiyama Temple (on Lake Biwa), another subject from the classic series.

(inv. no. 10-2699)

$1,400



translation of color notations

These drawings appear to be near-final versions of compositions related to an unidentified Omi Hakkei (Eight Views of Omi) series, with very detailed instructions for the carver and printer on how the coloration should be addressed. While it seems unlikely that these details would be given if the design were not yet approved for production, we are unable (thus far) to locate their corresponding prints, and as such, it is entirely possible they never made it to publication. Both were discovered within a small collection of preparatory drawings of bijin (beautiful women) dated to circa 1825-30s either stylistically or by matching directly to published prints by a handful of artists including Kunisada (1786-1865), Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861), Teisai Sencho (active ca. 1830-1850), and Eisen—to whom this drawing seems attributable in comparison with two other identified Eisen designs in the group.

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