Item NMC/0216 - The courtesan Hana-Muraski

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The courtesan Hana-Muraski


  • 1815-1842 (Creation)

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The courtesan Hana-Muraski of the Tamaya brothel processing to an assignation.

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Painter and print artist.Born at Hoshigaoka in Edo, his father a samurai, Ikeda Masahei Shigeharu, a talented calligrapher. Previously a play wright working under the name Chiyoda Saishi, Eisen also worked as a brothel owner and seller of face powder. In later years a prolific author of popular literature and also in 1833 compiled the manuscript 'Mumei'o zuihitsu' ('Zoku ukiyo-e ruiko'), a reworking of the biographies of Ukiyo-e artists. From the late Bunka era (1804-18) onwards Eisen create many illustrations for various genres including bust portraits and illustrations for erotic works.

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Coloured wood-block print on cream paper

Dimensions: 340 x 260 mm

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