Katsushige Utagawa, Poet Moto no Mokuami, Mount Fuji, Hashira-e


Artist: Katsushige Utagawa (active. c.1790s)
Title: Moto no Mokuami, Poet of Kyoka (狂歌) 
Date: Late 18th century
Size: 75 x 11.2 cm

Original Japanese woodblock print.

katsushige utagawa, poet, mount fuji, hashira-e
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Moto no Mokuami (1724-1811) was born in Edo and run a bath house there. At the same time he was studying Japanese traditional poems and literature, which lead him to become a Kyoka poet.

Hashira-e, or pillar prints, is a narrow print format originally intended for decoration of the supporting pillars in traditional Japanese houses. The prints would have been pasted to the pillars and exposed to the elements of the Japanese household, making those that have survived very rare collectibles. While these more unusual sizes present their own challenges to the printing process, they also allow the artist to be experimental, imaginative, and innovative with the design’s compositional limitations.

Subjects range from the traditional portrayals of bijin (beautiful women), to legendary figures and heroes, to birds and flowers, in a limited space brimming with artistic imagination and expression.

More Information
Print FormatHashira-e (Pillar Print)
Dimensions75 x 11.2 cm
Condition Report Joined panels. Light soiling, Minor tears on margins. Horizontal creasing, glue residue on margins. Small green misprinting on face. Small repaired hole.
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