Artist: Ichirakutei Eisui (active 1790-1823)
Title: Triple Bust Portrait
Subject: Three bust portraits of two courtesans with a young actor smoking a tobacco pipe.
Date: c. 1790’s
Size: Oban tate-e: 12.25 x 9.25″
Condition: Generally quite good state. Heavily trimmed. Some repaired wormage. A few thinned spots. Minor marks and flaws. Very good color, the fugitive blue still in evidence. Very Rare.
Price: $3600 Original with unframed giclee – $150 unframed giclee
Ichirakutei Eisui or Eisui as often referred to, was a ukiyo-e artist active between the years 1790 and 1823. He was one of the most talented students of Eishi, who had about 30 students. Eisui produced many portraits of okubi type-e, that is to say, a portrait in the ukiyo-e genre showing only the head or the head and upper torso where the black hair of women form a dark mass of a strong impact graph. In this sense, it can be considered as one of the likenesses of Utamaro.