大阪市は京橋のお宅にて春画のコレクションを買い取らせていただきました。

戯作者にして絵師である渓斎英泉(1791〜1848)は、数多くの艶本と春画を世に送り出しました。また「浮世風俗美人競」の錦絵をはじめ人情本などの挿絵に北斎風、西洋風の風景画も残しています。浮世絵師としての英泉は、所謂「英泉物」と云われる江戸末期の脂粉の香の漂う退廃美の溢れた濃艶な絵草子の作品など高い評価を得ています。

この英泉作『色自慢江戸紫』は井原西鶴の『好色一代男』『好色一代女』などの元禄時代(1688〜1704)の浮世草子とは、また一味ちがった幕末のエネルギー溢れた面白さがあります

 

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We visited Kyobashi of Osaka City and purchased the collection of Shunga (春画), Japanese erotic art.

The author, Keisai Eisen (渓斎 英泉, 1790–1848) was a Japanese ukiyo-e artist who specialised in bijin-ga (pictures of beautiful women). His best works, including his ōkubi-e (“large head pictures”), are considered to be masterpieces of the “decadent” Bunsei Era (1818–1830). He was also known as Ikeda Eisen, and wrote under the name of Ippitsuan.

Eisen was born in Edo into the Ikeda family, the son of a noted calligrapher. He was apprenticed to Kanō Hakkeisai, from whom he took the name Keisai, and after the death of his father he studied under Kikugawa Eizan. His initial works reflected the influence of his mentor, but he soon developed his own style.

He produced a number of surimono (prints that were privately issued), erotic prints, and landscapes, including The Sixty-nine Stations of the Kiso Kaidō, which he started and which was completed by Hiroshige. However, his most famous works are the bijin-ga (pictures of beautiful women) which portrayed the subjects as more worldly than those depicted by earlier artists, replacing their grace and elegance with a less studied sensuality. He produced many portraits and full-length studies depicting the fashions of the time.