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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.

The drawing appears to be a near-final version of a composition with very detailed instructions for the carver and printer on how the coloration should be addressed. It seems unlikely that these details would be given if the design were not yet approved for production, and yet, it is entirely possible the print was never published. It was discovered within a small collection of preparatory works, some of which were matched directly to published prints by Kunisada (1786-1865), 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.
(inv. no. 10-2699)

price: $ 1,400


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