ABUNA-E (Kikukawa Eizan)

Lot 00353
N.1 abuna-e woodblock print
Period: 1920s
Condition: very good
Size: 39 x 26 cm



Refined woodblock print of the 1920s, reproduction of a work made around 1810 by Kikukawa Eizan (菊川英山), the most prolific, longest-lived and ultimately the best of the late followers of Kitagawa Utamaro (喜多川歌麿), who attempted to carry on the style of the famous ukiyo-e (浮世絵) artist after the death of the latter, occurred in 1806.

The print presented here is not a “shunga” (春画) picture in the strict sense, but an “abuna-e” (あぶな絵), literally a “dangerous image”, which has no nudity but maintains an extremely explicit and suggestive erotic charge.

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