京都市は東山区のお宅にて春画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。

そんな英泉が強淫齋とい隠号で1839年に世に出したのが本書「春閨 佳興 和嘉美登利」です。

隠号は幕府による取り締まりから逃れるためにつけられたものですが、強淫齋という号にも英泉の皮肉のきいたユーモラスな性格があらわれているようです。

頽廃的で独特なエネルギーを放つ江戸の色欲の世界を遊び心たっぷりに粋に描くのが春画の魅力だとすれば、本書は英泉の才を感じるのにもってこいの一冊でしょう。

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We purchased a Shunga (春画) book, a Japanese term for erotic art, written by Keisai Eisen (渓斎 英泉, 1790–1848)

Keisai Eisen 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.

This book was published in 1839. Rare and in good condition.