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)

Print


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.

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

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

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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)