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Thursday, May 31, 2012

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"Keisai Eisen"

CHIBA CITY MUSEUM OF ART


By TOMOHIRO OSAKI
Staff writer

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"Woman Writes a Letter while Lying Down" from the series "Customs of the Floating World"

Ukiyo-e (woodblock print) artist Keisai Eisen (1791-1848) is particularly famous for his bijinga (pictures of beautiful women) for which he often accentuated his subjects' voluptuousness. As his reputation soared, he became a leading expert in the genre and published many popular bijinga nishiki-e (multi-colored prints).

He was also skilled at depicting scenery and is considered a significant influence on the development of landscape ukiyo-e.

This exhibition brings together around 350 of Eisen's works, some of which are believed to comment on his private life, which was fraught with hardship as he struggled to remain a financially independent artist; till July 8.

Chiba City Museum of Art; (043) 221 2311; 3-10-8, Chuo, Chuo-ku, Chiba; Chiba Chuo Station, Keisei Chiba Line. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. ¥1,000. Closed June 4, June 18, and July 2. www.ccma-net.jp.

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