Courtesan, from the series Contest of Beauties in the Modern Style (Imayô bijin kurabe)

「今様美人競」 遊女

Japanese
Edo period
Artist Keisai Eisen (Japanese, 1790–1848), Publisher Wakasaya Yoichi (Jakurindô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Not found in Chiba City Museum of Art, Keisai Eisen (2012)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.4 x 23.5 cm (13 15/16 x 9 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.16921

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Signed

Keisai Eisen ga

渓斎英泉画

Markings

Censor's seal: kiwame

改印:極

Provenance

By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 - d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911)

NOTES:
[1] Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection