Artist: Eisen KEISAITitle: "Lovers #A"Date: ca 1820-2Provenance: Military collection--from family of Army serviceman stationed in Tokyo 1946-48.Seal, Carver/Printer: unsigned (typical of "shunga")Image Size: 9 7/8 x 14 3/4 (Large full "oban" format)Medium: Japanese Woodblock PrintImpression: Very Fine. Skillfully executed "bokashi" shading; light "gauffrage" (embossing) to kimonos; "burnishing" to black areas; crisp lines, highly detailed carving.Condition: Good++ to Very Good. Excellent colors. (Vertical folio center-fold; areas of soiling; scattered marks/stains; wear. Small repair bottom right; wormage repairs to margin/backing.) Retains original folio backing.
Keisai Eisen (1790-1848) was a Japanese ukiyo-e artist who specialized in bijin-ga print designs of beautiful women. In addition to producing a prolific number of prints, he was a writer.
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