Kikugawa Eizan

Japanese , 1787 - 1867

Though never an actual pupil of bijin master ("bijin" refers to portrayals of beautiful women) Utamaro (1750-1806), Eizan is often cited as a direct follower in Utamaro's style of ukiyo-e woodblock printing.

Eizan's first artistic training was with his father, Kikugawa Eiji, in the Kano style. Early in his career, he turned to the ukiyo-e style and most of his oeuvre centers on depictions of beautiful women, sometimes incorporating landscapes, animals, and children.
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