WHITE DEW (Tomioka Eisen)

N.1 kuchi-e woodblock print
Year: 1898
Condition: very good
Size: 31,5 x 22 cm



Fine kuchi-e (口絵) woodblock print made in 1898 by the artist Tomioka Eisen (富岡永洗) as frontispiece of the novel Shiratsuyu (志ら露), ie “White Dew”, by the writer and literary critic Goto Chugai (後藤宙外). It is an autumn night and a young fiancée, in front of the entrance to a garden, looks at her beloved who walks away under the moonlight.

Tomioka Eisen (1864 – 1905), a pupil of the famous 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), produced by the publisher Shunyodo (春陽堂) in Tokyo, is in very good condition.