Chobonsai Eishi (1756-1829) is the Japanese artist behind this triptych depicting elegant women catching insects in nature.
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Chobonsai Eishi (1756-1829) is the Japanese artist behind this triptych depicting elegant women catching insects in nature. We were enthralled by the exquisite pictures that contain detailed depictions of crickets, insect cages and beautifully patterned kimonos. For many centuries, Japan was closed to Westerners, but once it was opened to trade in the mid-19th century, there was a great demand in Europe for Japanese art. The Japanese woodblock prints often depict everyday motifs, such as a busy kitchen, women playing with their children, or people crossing a bridge. Many artists, including Monet, Degas and Renoir, felt inspired by these pictures, so radically different from traditional Western painting, even with regard to composition. In Sweden, Carl Larsson was one of those inspired by this Japanese art form, and there are 37 woodblock prints in his home in Sundborn. The Röhsska Museum in Gothenburg, the foremost Swedish museum of design, has a collection of about 350 Japanese woodblock prints. In fact, it was in their archives that we found these beautiful prints. Roll 0,45×10,38 m. Repeatable every 104 cm (or every 34 cm).