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MARIKO IN SURUGA PROVINCE: A GROTESQUE ACCIDENT
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KAWANABE KYOSAI
(1831 - 1889)
MARIKO IN SURUGA PROVINCE: A GROTESQUE ACCIDENT, 1872

Colour woodblock print, from the series Calligraphy and Pictures for the Fifty-three Stations of the Tôkaidô published by Sawamuraya Seikichi. This print, number 21 in the series, was published in 1872. Signed Seisei Kyôsai. Fine impression, colour and condition. Vertical ôban, 366 x 245 mm.

A draughtsman of great dexterity with a wild, often bizarre, imagination. Loved sake, sometimes painting under its influence. At an early age studied under Kuniyoshi, then Maemura Towa and later Kano Tohaku Chinshin before becoming an independent painter at 27. Was famous for his crow paintings but also loved skeletons.