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.

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. Although we have yet to locate a corresponding print or series for this design, 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 design seems attributable in comparison with two other identified Eisen drawings in the group.
(inv. no. 10-2693)

price: $1,400


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