Subject:Re: Help Identifying 2 Japanese Paintings
Posted By: I. Nagy Tue, Sep 19, 2017
These are japanese Ukiyo-e woodblock prints,
溪斎 英泉 画 Keisai Eisen Ga (Picture)
Keisai Eisen (1790-1848) is known from his pictures of beautiful women (Bijin-ga 美人画）
This print is one of the dozens of similar prints from him.
Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido Road
(This is the so-called Sanoki or Kyouka-iri edition from 1840 or later print.
Kyouka means "mad poems" - written on each prints)
左リ富士、縄手 Fuji on the left at Nawate
Kyouka in my translation reads,
行来する Yukuki suru
人のいく度 hito no ikutabi
詠めても yomete mo
あしと ashi to
富士は Fuji wa
榮寿堂金信 Eijudo Kanenobu
I do not mind how many times was it versed by passers-by,
Fuji is Yoshiwara
(Best view of Fuji is from Yoshiwara)
Eijudo Kanenobu is a name and serves as a pun at the end.
On the far left is the signature of artist
廣重 画 Hiroshige Ga (picture)