Posted by Guy (126.96.36.199) on February 24, 2014 at 22:20:01:
In Reply to: Re: Eisen Memorial Print? Try this posted by Willie on February 24, 2014 at 21:26:53:
In a broader sense yes. In Japanese the term 'surimono' (printed thing) is used for a whole range of printed matter (maps, banzuke etc)other than the commercial ukiyo-e nishiki-e (ukiyo-e brocade prints). I refered to the more restricted sense of surimono as highly elaborated, privately commissioned ukiyo-e, published on paricular paper formats (not oban I think) for special occassions (New Year etc). Mostly, such surimono were commissioned by poetry societies or kabuki actors or sumo fan clubs.
I don't think that Eisen's depiction of Sadatake 'sensu strictu' is a surimono but a portrait with likeness to a well known Edo scholar and writer. Perhaps, this prints was issued for edacutive purposes with some other portraits as a series. We also must bear in mind that Keisai Eisen was not only a print designer, but also a writer and chronicler with an interest in Art History.
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