Katsushika HOKUSAI (1760-1849)

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Hokusai’s interpretation of a poem by Ono no Takamura (802-852). From an unfinished set: Hyakunin isshu uba ga etoki, “Pictures of One Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets Explained by the Nurse.” The poems are from an anthology Hyakunin isshu, “One Hundred People, One Poem Each” compiled by the poet Fujiwara no Teika (1162-1241). The poem was composed on the eve of Takamura’s banishment to an isolated island, later to be pardoned by the Emperor. (His boat can be seen in the distance.) One of Hokusai’s most beautiful prints showing women divers (ama) fishing for abalone (awabi). The divers are seen between waves reminiscent of a Victorian theatre stage set. Published by Eijudo, 1835-1836. A considerable number of original drawings exist for the set that were not turned into prints and are in various museums and private collections.

Fine impression and colour. Very slight edge soil, otherwise very good condition. Signed Saki no Hokusai.

Status: Sold

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