Keisai Eisen (渓斎英泉) (artist 1790 – 1848)

The Calculating Type from the series 'Twelve Scenes of Modern Beauties' (Imayō bijin jūnikei - 今様美人十二景) or Yoshiwara (よし原)


ca 1822 – 1823
10.25 in x 15 in (Overall dimensions) color woodblock print

Signed: Keisai Eisen ga (渓斎英泉画)
Publisher: Izumiya Ichibei (Marks 180 - seal 25-363)
Censor's seal: kiwame
Van Gogh Museum
A very freshly colored copy

A courtesan reading a letter has a toothpick sticking out of her mouth. Notice the elaborate hairpins and her fashionably decorated green lower lip.


There is another copy of this print in the Adachi Ward Museum (足立 区立郷土博物館所蔵), Tokyo.


A Christie's website identifies this print as "...Tegaari so (The calculating type), subtitled Yoshiwara..."


Illustrated in black and white in Catalogue of the Van Gogh Museum's Collection of Japanese Prints, 1991, #7, p. 60.
Izumiya Ichibei (和泉屋市兵衛) (publisher)
beautiful women (bijin-ga - 美人画) (genre)