GIRL WITH DOLL (Kikukawa Eizan)

N.1 diptych of ukiyo-e woodblock prints
Period: 1820-30
Condition: very good
Size: 24 x 72 cm



Important vertical diptych of original woodblock prints of the tachibijin-zu (立美人図) type, that is “portrait of a standing beauty”, made between 1820 and 1830 by the famous artist Kikukawa Eizan (菊川英山) and depicting a wealthy machimusume (町娘) “city girl” holding a doll in her hands.

Eizan (1787 – 1867) was 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 bijin (美人) style of the master after the death of the latter, occurred in 1806.

The precious work on Japanese washi paper (和紙), produced by the publisher Sanoya Kihei (佐野屋喜兵衛), owner of Kikakudo (喜鶴堂), despite the right signs of aging, is in overall very good condition.