The warrior Hatakeyama Shigetada carrying his horse

Katsushika Hokusai
1760 - 1849
The warrior Hatakeyama Shigetada carrying his horse
1820-22
Woodblock print
208 x 183 mm

The poems are by Tetsunoya Ume and Yomo Magao.
Considering the presence of the horse, the surimono should be dated 1822, year of the horse.
Hatakeyama Shigetada (1164–1205), was a samurai who fought in the Genpei War, in Japan. Originally fighting for the Taira clan, he switched sides for the battle of Dan-no-ura, and ended the war on the winning side.

Another impression of the surimono is at the Rhode Island School of Design (Asian Art 1574).


Woodblock print, nishiki-e. Shikishiban surimono, 208 x 183 mm.
Signed: Fusenkyo Iitsu hitsu.

 

 

Katsushika Hokusai, dominated the scene of the art of the Japanese print (Ukiyo-e) in the field of book illustration, drawing and painting. He was born in the Honjo district of Edo. His passion for art began at an early age; he was adopted by an illustrious family of artisans who introduced him to wood engraving. This  influenced his career and at the age of 18 he entered at the studio of Katsukawa Shunso (1726-1793), who specialised in  prints depicting the popular Kabuki  theatre. Under the pseudonym of Shunro, around the 1780s, he got to know artists like Shigemasa (1739-1820) and Kiyonaga (1752-1815) who influenced his drawing of figures. Around 1790 he produced his first important prints which he signed  Kako. He also produced fine Surimono. In 1797 he married and took the name Hokusai, becoming one of the foremost illustrators and artists of Japan. Among his most famous work are the ehon, books of images, as the 15 albums of drawings entitled Manga. The most celebrated of his prints series is The thirty-six views of Mount Fuji, early thirties. Amongst his many pupils: Shinsai, Hokuju, Hokuba, Hokkei, Shigenobu.


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