Hosoda (aka Chobunsai) Eishi

Japanese , 1756 - 1829

Hosoda Eishi, also known as Chobunsai Eishi, was one of a few ukiyo-e (meaning "pictures of a floating world") artists to excel in both painting and color-printmaking. Unlike the usually merchant-class artists of the ukiyo-e school, Eishi was born into a samurai family and began his artistic training with teachers of the Kano school. He was appointed as court painter to the Shogun Tokugawa Leharu, but resigned this position and began working in the ukiyo-e style.

Eishi's work in woodblock prints was a collaboration of the artist and the craftsmen responsible for the woodcutting and the printing. The artist created the image, and a wood carver translated the image onto a woodblock matrix, preparing a separate block for each color as designated by the artist. A printer then pressed the images to the surface of the paper. Following the traditions of the ukiyo-e school, most of his subjects are beautiful, elegant women. Some of his notable works can be seen in book illustrations such as "The Thirty-six Immortal Women Poets."
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View of the Sumidagawa from the Temporary Quarters of the Ogiya at Nakasu


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