Keisai Eisen, (1790-1848), Keisai Eisen: Artist of the Floating World (Courtesan wearing uchikake with dragon design), (1830), Woodblock print design, Chiba City Museum of Art, 2012, pp. 222-228
Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890), Courtesan (after Eisen), (1887). Oil on cotton, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation), 1994.
Japanese printmaking was one of Vincent’s main sources of inspiration and he became an enthusiastic collector. The prints acted as a catalyst: they taught him a new way of looking at the world and it culture.
"And we wouldn’t be able to study Japanese art, it seems to me, without becoming much happier and more cheerful, and it makes us return to nature, despite our education and our work in a world of convention".
Vincent to his brother Theo, 23 or 24 September 1888