Re: Hokusai print title?

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Posted by Guy Pepermans ( on November 22, 2021 at 18:23:03:

In Reply to: Hokusai print title? posted by Ruth McCreery on November 20, 2021 at 11:26:53:

This is a privately commissioned surimono depicting a courtier and two women, signed 'Gakyôjin Hokusai suichû ga' (画狂人北斎酔中画, drawn somewhat drunken by Gakyôjin Hokusai).
The name of the poet is Baifûsha Kikumaru (梅風舎喜久丸).

The poem alludes to a famous verse on the theme of violets by the ancient poet Yamabe no Akahito. The classical garb of the male figure suggests that Hokusai intented to create an imaginary portrait of Akahito. The women are dressed however, in contemporary Edo allure.

Date: ca. 1804.

Bottom left side the hand stamped collector's seal of Hayashi Tadamasa (林 忠正, 1853–1906).

Refererence: The Frank Lloyd Wright Collection of Surimono, oan B. Mirviss with John T. Carpenter. New York ; Phoenix: Weatherhill ; Phoenix Art Museum, 1995,cat. 174, p. 234.
Others impressions: Bibliothèque Nationale de France; Tôbu Museum of Art.


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