Katsushika Hokusai (Japanese, Tokyo (Edo) 1760–1849 Tokyo (Edo)) Poem by Sangi no Takamura (Ono no Takamura), from the series One Hundred Poems Explained by the Nurse (Hyakunin isshu uba ga etoki), ca. 1835 Japan, Edo period (1615–1868) Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper; Oban 10 1/4 x 14 3/4 in. (26 x 37.5 cm) The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Henry L. Phillips Collection, Bequest of Henry L. Phillips, 1939 (JP2941) http://www.metmuseum.org/Collections/search-the-collections/55734

Artwork Overview

  • Author: Katsushika Hokusai
  • Publication Period: Early 19th century
  • Artwork Information: Katsushika Hokusai’s “Poem by Sangi no Takamura (Ono no Takamura)” is a woodblock print featuring the renowned Japanese poet and nobleman Ono no Takamura. The print is a part of Hokusai’s “Hyakunin Isshu” series, which depicts one hundred poets.
  • Historical Context: Hokusai created this piece during the Edo period, a time of political stability and economic growth in Japan. The flourishing culture allowed for the development of various art forms, including ukiyo-e.

Artwork Appeal

  • Global Recognition: Hokusai is renowned for his exceptional skill and unique style, making his works highly sought after by art collectors and enthusiasts around the globe.
  • Theme: “Poem by Sangi no Takamura (Ono no Takamura)” portrays the legendary poet and his connection to nature and the divine through the imagery of him composing a poem.
  • Features: Hokusai’s use of intricate details and vivid colors brings the scene to life, drawing the viewer into the world of the poet and the rich cultural history of Japan.