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Twelve Views of Modern Beauties

Size: 40.0cm by 26.5cm (15.75 in by 10.43 in) | Enlargement | Shipping Code: [L] ?

Designer: Keisai Eisen

Era: Post-war | Currency: $ / £ /

Price: ¥ 6,000$ 54.00£ 38.00€ 44.25 [Item has been sold]

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Description: Eisen is most renowned for his bijin-ga ("illustrations of beautiful women") portraying women in a more realistic light than those depicted by earlier artists, replacing otherworldly grace and elegance with a less studied sensuality. He produced many portraits and full-length studies of fashions of the time.

This print is from the series Imayou Bijou Jyuunikei (今様美人拾二景, "Twelve Scenes of Contemporary Beauties"). In the illustration, a geisha tucks the plectrum of a shamisen under her arm while she plays rock-paper-scissors (or perhaps she is just practicing hand movements for the shamisen...). The scenery of Sumida River (隅田川) is pictured in a handscroll-shaped panel at the top of the print (the title of the handscroll is "おもしろそう", meaning "beautiful" in old Japanese).

There are a few minor marks on this print.

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