Preparatory drawing for Toba no In from the series One Hundred Poems Explained by the Nurse (Hyakunin isshu uba ga etoki)

Maker(s)
Artist: Katsushika Hokusai 葛飾北斎 (1760-1849)
Historical period(s)
Edo period, ca. 1835-1836
Medium
Ink on paper
Dimensions
H x W (sheet and image): 25.5 x 37.5 cm (10 1/16 x 14 3/4 in)
Geography
Japan
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1907.580
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Drawing
Type

drawing

Keywords
Edo period (1615 - 1868), hanshita-e, horse, horseman, Japan, lantern, poet
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Label

In 1836, at the age of seventy-six, Hokusai launched his last major woodblock print series. The subject was an ingenious presentation of an ancient anthology of poetry completed in 1214 by Fujiwara Teika (1162-1241), which contained one hundred works by as many renowned Japanese poets. Thorough knowledge of Hyakunin isshu (The anthology of one hundred poets) continued through the centuries to be a basic element in the repertoire of the literate person. Hokusai amended the title of his series to "The Anthology of one hundred poets as told by the nurse or old woman" and affected the perspective of a simple, uncomplicated old woman through whose eyes we observe the passing scene. These images are juxtaposed with the ancient poems, recorded in small squares in the upper right of each work.

Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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