Sensual Eisen Prints of the Playboy Tsuyajihei And a Geisha
In the nineteenth century, artists like Kunisada (1786-1865) and Kuniyoshi (1797-1861) and their contemporaries started to add new ideas for narrative continuity in their designs. An example of this is a luxury feature such as a foldout page which was used in the Eisen prints below…
Sandal In the Water
This scene from Keisai Eisen‘s (1790-1848) Tales of Sexual Conquest and the Violet of Edo presents a casual encounter between the playboy Tsuyajihei and a geisha who has dropped her sandal in the water leads to an “aperture” of a different kind as the foldouts open to expose the sensual scene beneath (unfortunately I don’t have the complete image at this time)…
Eisen skilfully makes a distinction between the two compositions by compressing the larger number of components in the first scene into a smaller two page space. In this plate the landscape is essential with the figures placed around the edges as framing devices, and extending the more intimate second scene over a four-page spread. The background has been removed and the outline of the entangled lovers pushes to the edges of paper.
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