Louis V. Ledoux (1880-1948) 
Private collection, to 1980 
Freer Gallery of Art, given by a private collector in 1980
 According to the donor, this print was once in the collection of Louis V. Ledoux. A detailed comparison between this print and the same print illustrated in the catalogue of the Ledoux collection substantiate this provenance; see Louis V. Ledoux, Japanese Prints in the Collection of Louis V. Ledoux vol. V: Hokusai and Hiroshige (Princeton University Press, 1951) no. 27 (see also, Curatorial Note 2, A. Yonemura, 1981, in object record).
 See note 1.
- Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)
Gregory T. Kruglak
Louis V. Ledoux 1880-1948
The wide expanse of Lake Biwa is in the foreground. The boats of fishermen lead toward a village on the shore. More sailing boats and ranges of trees are visible in the distance, where imposing mountains rise. A flock of geese descend from the dark, cloudy sky, seeking the distant shore.
Series title: Omi Hakkei (no uchi) (Eight Views of Omi Province)
Print title: "Katata no rakugan" (Geese Descending at Katata)
Seals: circular, intaglio "Eikyudo" (publisher); circular, relief "kiwame" (censor).
Early in his career, Hiroshige designed a fine series of eight landscape prints depicting "Eight Views of Omi" (now in the Shiga Prefecture), the scenic area around Lake Biwa. The subject is a Japanese adaptation of the Chinese theme of "Eight Views of the Hsiao and Hsiang [Rivers]" (J: Shosho hakkei; C: Xiao Xiang bajing). The theme of "Eight Views of Omi" has a strong literary basis, and is likely to have been formulated first in a series of poems before it became a subject of paintings. A poem is beautifully written in the upper left-hand corner of this print. As translated by Louis V. Ledoux (1880-1948), a former owner of the print, the verse may be rendered: "Lured from their flight over many peaks toward far-off Koshiji, the wild geese are alighting at nearby Katata." The composition takes full advantage of the illusion of depth achieved by the diagonal movement of the boats and the converging descent of the geese. Color printing is expertly controlled, especially in the clouds and the ghostly forms of trees along the distant shore.
- Published References
- Louis V. Ledoux. Japanese Prints in the Ledoux Collection. 5 vols. Princeton and New York. cat. 27, vol. 5.
- Collection Area(s)
- Japanese Art
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