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Kikugawa Eizan, Japanese, (1787–1867)
Winter, c. 1800-1860
Ink on Paper
13 3/8 in. x 9 3/16 in. (339.73 mm x 233.36 mm)

Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Creation Place: Asia, Japan
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. James W. Johnson
Accession Number: 46.1.97

Alternate Title: Furyu shiki asobi
Full Title: Elegant Play in the Four Seasons: Winter

The artist Kikugawa Eizan followed the style of Kitagawa Utamaro (c.1753-1806), whose portrayals of beautiful women (bijin) of the pleasure quarters are some of the most admired examples of ukiyo-e, or pictures of the floating world. Eizan’s beauties have much of the elegance of Utamaro’s beautiful women but their facial expressions are slightly sterner, as is typical of many 19th century bijin prints. This winter scene shows two women wearing many layers of kimono and huddled under an umbrella to protect themselves from the snow, which is depicted very rhythmically as puffy flakes falling against the evening sky and in wave-like piles on the ground all around their feet.

- Meher McArthur, Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler Curator of Academic Programs and Collections, 2021

Exhibited at the Clark Museum February 1986.

On verso, in pencil: Johnson 57 VII Eizan. Signed: Kikugawa Eizan hitsu.

Nishiki-e, vertical oban. Light colored ink on thin paper.

Object Description
Two women in the rain.

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