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Hokusai (1760 - 1849), "Ono no Komachi"

arrow-left arrow right "Ono no Komachi" by Hokusai
Catalog ID A2244
Artist Hokusai
Title Ono no Komachi
Medium Original Japanese Woodblock Print
Series Title One Hundred Poems Explained by the Wet Nurse
Edition First
Date 1834
Publisher Eijudo
Reference No The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Size 10 -1/4 " x 15 "
Condition Fine; fading.

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.

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