- Provenance information is currently unavailable
- Previous Owner(s)
Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919
Kawanabe Kyōsai 1831-1889
Michael Tomkinson (C.L. Freer source) 1841 - 1921
Ernest Abraham Hart 1835 - 1898
This approach provides Hokusai the opportunity for multiple puns. For example, in Cherry through the Gate, workmen are shown pulling an entire cherry tree through the gate of the Imperial Palace in Kyoto. The poem was composed by Lady Ise on order of the Emperor Ichijo (ruled 987-1012) to commemorate the reception of one delicate, blossoming cherry branch from a courtier. Hokusai's interpretation plays on the poem's vague language and is quite literal as it envisions the whole tree's arrival, perhaps suggesting present-day vulgarity contrasted with court elegance of a bygone era. Only twenty-seven of the prints were completed, however drawings such as these are extant for at least sixty four more subjects.
- Published References
- Theodore Bowie. The Drawings of Hokusai. Bloomington. fig. 43.
- Collection Area(s)
- Japanese Art
- Web Resources
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