Eizan Kikukawa Exhibition

Ota Memorial Museum of Art

poster for Eizan Kikukawa Exhibition
[Image: Eizan Kikukawa "Woman with an Umbrella" Ota Memorial Museum of Art (on display in Part 1]

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Eizan Kikukawa (1787-1867) was a ukiyo-e artist who played an especially active role in the Bunka era (1804-1818) after the death of Utamaro Kitagawa. While many ukiyo-e artists portrayed beautiful women in the sophisticated and ethereal Utamaro style, Eizan ushered in a new phase in the bijinga genre; although his women also wear the latest fashionable kimonos, he established his own sweet down-to-earth vision of female beauty. His works portrayed a diverse range of women from different social classes, such as the graceful young ladies of samurai families, charming daughters of merchants, and flamboyant courtesans. We see them sleek, svelte, and elegant, and sometimes bright, colorful, and fashionable. In recent years, Eizan’s bijinga are not so well-known, though these work profoundly influenced not only his pupil Eisen Keisai, but also such later artists as Kunisada Utagawa and Kuniyoshi Utagawa. It is no exaggeration to say that bijinga in the 19th century started with Eizan.
Commemorates 150th years since his death, this exhibition is made up of some 200 outstanding works, covering woodblock prints and nikuhitsu-ga (original paintings), including important representative pieces and works being shown to the public for the first time. Here the spotlight is once again shone on Eizan’s achievements as an ukiyo-e artist. Enjoy the fascination of Eizan’s beauties that blossomed so gracefully in response to the culture of the late Edo period.

Part 1: Nov. 3 (Fri) - 26 (Sun)
Part 2: Dec. 1 (Fri) - 20 (Wed)
*The works on display will differ in each part.



from November 03, 2017 to December 20, 2017
Closed on Mondays and Nov. 27 to 30.


Eizan Kikukawa



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