Eisen Keisai: Beauty Reading
Artist: Eisen Keisai
Title: Beauty Reading
Series: bien sennyoko
A Beauty Holding a Pipe. She is Reading a Letter. From the series "Bien Sennyokô" ("Beautiful Women Inspired by the Celebrated Cosmetic Bien Sennyokô, manufactured by Mr. Sakamoto"). The prints were probably commissioned as a kind of advertisement.
A Woman (ohaguro) reading a letter with kiseru pipe in her left hand
Condition: Very good impression, color and condition.
Publisher: Izumi-ya Ichibei
Literature: Other prints from this important series are shown in: Ota Memorial Museum of Art, 1983, no's. 24, 25, 26, and 1997 (both on Eisen) no's. 68, 69, 70; Narazaki/Mitchell,"The Japanese Print: Its Evolution and Essence", plate 88; Suzuki/Oka "The Decadents", no's. 68, 69; "Ukiyo-e Masterpieces in European Coll., Berlin Museum", no. 126; Uragami Collection, no. 87.
Signature: Keisai Eisen-ga