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Elegant Plum Tree Garden

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nishiki-e, vegetable pigments

  • nishiki-e

    Nishiki-e literally means 'brocade pictures' and refers to multi-coloured woodblock prints.

  • vegetable pigments

    Vegetable pigments were used to create coloured dyes for Japanese prints, paintings, and textiles. These pigments often faded over time due to the chemical reactions they underwent.


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  • Beauties of the Four Seasons by Mitsuko Watanabe

    Beauties of the Four Seasons

    Kikukawa Eizan produced many prints of beauties between about 1805 and 1820. After the death of Utamaro, Eizan incorporated his style into his work. During the Bunka era (1804-18), he was one of the most popular artists but gradually went out of fashion in favour of Keisai Eisen (1791-1841), who was one of his pupils. One of his best known series is the Fūryu nana Komachi (see the following four prints [EAX.4436], [EAX.4438], [EAX.4437], [EAX.4439]).

    This print shows two women on the left who have just finished tea. They have come to enjoy the view of the plum trees of early spring in the Umeyashiki (plum tree garden). The garyōbai (a type of old and twisted plum tree) in the background is possibly that which Utagawa Hiroshige depicted in Kameido ume-yashiki from the series One Hundred Views of Edo, which later was copied by Vincent van Gogh.

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