Artist: Keisai Eisen (渓斎英泉)

Print: A cool evening watching fireworks at Ryōgoku Bridge, Edo (Toto Ryōgokubashi Yusuzumi no zu - 東都両国橋夕涼図)

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Dates: circa 1830 - 1835,created
Dimensions: 30.75 in,15.0 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese color woodblock print

Signed: Eisen ga
- Ipputsuan Eisen ga in the bottom right
- on box at bottom of middle panel (英泉画)
- also on the fan of the standing woman
in the left panel
Publisher: Tsutaya Kichizō (Marks 556)

Related links: Tokyo-Edo Museum; Tokyo Fuji Art Museum; Agency for Cultural Affairs; Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art;

Physical description:

Scholten Japanese Art in New York has offered a triptych of a similar scene by Kuniyasu. They wrote of theirs: "During the hot and humid summer months in Japan city dwellers would escape the heat by taking in the evening cool along rivers and waterways. In Kyoto restaurants would offer kawayuka (riverside dining) on temporary platforms built out over the shallow Kamo River, and in Edo, pleasure boats provided an alternate venue for parties normally hosted at restaurants and teahouses. Beginning in 1731 or 1733, the government began to sponsor an annual presentation of fireworks on the Sumida River at the Ryogoku (Ohashi) Bridge. On evenings when the fireworks were on display, the bridge would fill with spectators and the river would teem with boats jockeying for position for the best view of the show, both in the sky and among the crowds. Like any public event on a grand scale, this was an opportunity to see, and to be seen. Naturally, this also became a popular subject among competing ukiyo-e artists; several artists produced prints depicting this subject (adapting similar aspects of nearly the same composition), most often in a triptych format..."


Illustrated in color in 浮世絵師溪斎英泉, 千葉市美術館 (Keisai Eisen: Artist of the Floating World, Chiba City Museum, 2012, #117, p. 113.