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BIJIN AND YOUNG MONK

BIJIN AND YOUNG MONK

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Lot 00643
N.1 kuchi-e woodblock print

Tomioka Eisen

BIJIN AND YOUNG MONK

Year: 1896 ca.
Condition: good
Size: 29 x 21,5 cm

 

Price: EUR 160,00

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Rare polychrome woodblock print made around 1896 as a kuchi-e (口絵) frontispiece by the artist Tomioka Eisen (富岡永洗). In the upper left inset, a young bijin (美人) beauty. In the main scene of the work, a woman distracts a young kozo (小僧) monk from the sutra recitation.

Tomioka Eisen (1864 - 1905), a pupil of Kobayashi Eitaku (小林永濯), began working as a freelance artist when he was still a draughtsman in the imperial army. After the disappearance of his master, he devoted himself entirely to his artistic career and became a very appreciated and well-paid magazine illustrator. He died only forty-one years old, when the kuchi-e movement was in full bloom.

The print on Japanese washi paper (和紙), despite the obvious patina of time, is in good condition.

 

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