Ukiyo-e Museum

Ukiyoe World Eisen Keisai
Eisen Keisai
"Kaichuu Kagami"
(Mirror taken out of her Busom Pocket)
(Size: Equivalent to 2 sheets of
Nishiki-e lined up lengthwise)
Shusui Taki
Shusui Taki (1980)
"Yuagari" (After Taking Bath)
from "Fuuzoku Ukiyo Sankei"
(Scenes of Manners and Customs in the Edo Period)
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Shusui Taki and Traditional Ukiyo-e Exhibition
Kunisada Kachourou Toyokuni Gosotei Eisen Keisai Eisen Keisai
Kunisada Kachourou (Utagawa)
"Shin-Yoshiwara Edo-machi,Kurata-ya Daidai-i" (Clothes for Generations of Kurata-ya, Shin-Yoshiwara Edo-machi)
Toyokuni Gosotei (Utagawa)
"Zensei Matsu no Yosooi" (Clothing of Zensei Matsu)
Eisen Keisai
"Keijou Douchu-Sugoroku"
(Clandestine Love in Traveling Sugoroku)
Eisen Keisai
"Sugata Ebi-ya nai Hichinin" (Seven Persons at Ebi-ya)
Brief Outline of Kunisada Utagawa I's Career as an Ukiyo-e Artist

Born in Tenmei 6 (1786). Died in Ganji 1 (1864) at the age of 78.
Creative activity period: Bunka 4 (1807) through his death.
Master: Toyokuni Utagawa Pseudonym: Ichiyuusai, Godotei, Gepparou, Kinraisha, Kouchourou, Sandai Toyokuni, Ichiyousai, Kokuwesha, Hokubaiko, Fuchousanjin, Fuchouan, and Kiou.
Kunisada was a good example of Ukiyo-e artists on the last days of the Tokugawa Shogunate as well as Kuniyoshi and Hiroshige.
Kunisada produced the greatest number of Ukiyo-e prints among Ukiyo-e artists. His famous works are actors pictures showing their enthusiastic performances and beauty pictures reflecting the sense of chic of women at that time. He produced many sets of print series in his later years. Though he is blamed for overporoduction of pictures, there were excellent ones among them.
He succeeded his master's name Toyokuni calling himself Toyokuni the Second, though actually he was Toyokuni the Third.

Brief Outline of Eisen Keisai's Career as an Ukiyo-e Artist

Born in Kansei 3 (1791). Died in Kaei 1 (1848) at the age of 57.
Creative activity period: The last years of Bunsei (1818-1830) through the last years of Kouka (1844-1848)
Masters: Kanou Hakkeisai, and Eizan Pseudonym: Keisai, Kokushunrou, Shousen

Eisen began with pictures portraying the quiet beauty of women like those of his master Eizan. In the middle years of Bunsei (1818-1830), Eisen created a unique style of pictures of alluring beauty of women, and expresses the decadent beauty as well as Kunisada Utagawa. Eisen began to produce the indigo-blue prints in the last years of Bunsei (1818-1830) and used a special indigo-blue prior to "Fugaku Sanjurokkei" (36 Scenes of Mount Fuji) by Hokusai Katsushika.


Beauty of Woman

Hair Washing

Hair in Disarray

Autumn Wind
Shusui Taki (1979)
"Onna-bi" (Beauty of Woman) from "Fuuzoku Ukiyo Sankei" (Scenes of Manners and Customs in the Edo Period)
Shusui Taki (1979)
"Arai-gami"(Hair Washing) from "Fuuzoku Ukiyo Sankei" (Scenes of Manners and Customs in the Edo Period)
Shusui Taki (1979)
"Midare-gami"(Hair in Disarray) from "Kaobijin" (Woman with Attractive Face) Series
Shusui Taki (1979)
"Akikaze"(Autumn Wind) (An Etude)
Brief Outline of Shusui Taki as a Contemporary Ukiyo-e Woodblock Print Artist

Shusui Taki lives in Ichinomiya City, Aichi Prefecture. He studied by himself the Uniyo-e of the Edo period and established a unique world of the woodblock print.
Usually woodblock prints are classified as Western style pictures.
However, his works belong to the traditional Ukiyo-e, and he is recognied as a most unique artist of Japanese style pictures.


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