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Japanese, (1756–1829)
Ukiyo-e painter, printmaker. Born of a samurai family of the Fujiwara clan. Lived in Edo. Studied first under Kano Eisentin Sukenobu, then under Torii Bunryusai. Appointed to high court rank. Working in Kano style, was granted the artist's name of Eishi by Tokugawa leharu; about 30, left leharu's service and, though he changed to the ukiyo-e style, was allowed to keep the name of Eishi. In prints, specialized in bijinpa of great refinement, at first under the influence of the Torii school; later his figures even surpassed those of Utamaro in elegance and elongation. Also did a few landscapes and compositions with literary references. Left a large number of prints, not all of first quality. Always more of a painter than a printmaker, abandoned prints completely about 1800. His paintings among the finest of the ukiyo-e school: tall figures flowing drapery, elegant line, bright colors. -- Roberts, L. Dictionary of Japanese Artists (1980)

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