Kikukawa Wood Block Tiger Print (125970)

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Kikukawa Wood Block Tiger Print  (125970)
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A wood block print of a tiger by noted Japanese woodblock artist Eizan Kikukawa. Piece measures 11"x 30" and is matted an framed. Eizan Kikukawa ( 1787-1867) was a designer of ukiyo-e style Japanese woodblock prints. He first studied with his father, Eiji, a minor painter of the Kan school. He then studied with Suzuki Nanrei (1775–1844), an artist of the Shij school. He is believed to have also studied with the ukiyo-e artist Totoya Hokkei (1790–1850). He produced numerous woodblock prints of beautiful women in the 1830s, but then abandoned printmaking in favor of painting. This, being a depiction of a tiger, is a bit of a departure from his usual subject. Eizan was the most prolific, longest-lived and ultimately the best of the late followers of Utamaro, who attempted to carry on the master's bijin style after his death in 1806. Along with Kikumaro, Tsukimaro and Utamaro II, Eizan has generally been dismissed by connoisseurs as a plagiarist of Utamaro's late style, but his work in fact develops, like that of most ukiyo-e artists, from a close identification with a leading master to a studied independence, and contains pieces of remarkable beauty and interest. A beautiful work, it is waiting to be displayed. Please see photos for more detail and condition.

Date: 1820's
Country (if not USA): Japan

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