Hokusai (1760 - 1849), "Ono no Komachi"
|Title||Ono no Komachi|
|Medium||Original Japanese Woodblock Print|
|Series Title||One Hundred Poems Explained by the Wet Nurse|
|Reference No||The Metropolitan Museum of Art|
|Size||10 -1/4 " x 15 "|
|Condition||Fine; slightly faded.|
Notes: During his peak period of woodblock print publication in the 1830s, Hokusai produced two series of single-sheet prints dedicated to poets, True Mirrors of Poetry, a vertical series which included both Japanese and Chinese poets, and One Hundred Poems Explained by the Nurse, a horizontal series in which each sheet illustrated one of the poems in the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu. Together with the slightly earlier series, Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji, the One Hundred Poems series is considered to be the pinnacle of Hokusai’s work as a woodblock print designer.
The One Hundred Poems series, which would have been Hokusai’s most ambitious series of single-sheet prints, was interrupted by the Tenpö famine of the mid-1830s, and never completed. Only twenty-eight prints (twenty-seven in full color and one in only keyblock impression) are known to have survived.