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The Fan Company
Poetry composition was so highly valued in the court of the Heian period (794-1185) that imperial requests to select outstanding poets from ancient to modern times were issued as early as the tenth century. The Thirty-six Immortal Poets (Sanju rokkasen) were first selected in the eleventh century. Since the immortal poets had been deceased for generations, imaginary portraits were painted in sequences on handscrolls, wooden panels hung in temples, fans, screens, and sets of game cards. Here, Sakai Hoitsu emulated a composition by the artist Ogata Korin (1658-1716), whose works he studied and admired, by painting thirty-five of the thirty-six immortal poets as if they had all gathered for a party or contest to compose poetry. Hoitsu's playful and humorous poets include noble men and women, Buddhist monks, and the highest-ranking poet, the imperial princess Saigu no Nyo go, who is hidden behind the curtain at the top of the scroll.
- Published References
- Castile Rand. The Splendor of Rimpa., January/February 1981. p. 64.
- Mayuyama Junkichi. Japanese Art in the West. Tokyo. pl. 266.
- Shinbi taikan (Selected Relics of Japanese Art). 20 vols., Kyoto and Tokyo, 1899-1908. pl. 36.
- Zaigai hiho (Japanese Paintings in Western Collections). 3 vols., Tokyo. pl. 71.
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- Japanese Art
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