Ki, Rochishin: Wood, Lu Zhishen

Method Woodblock (nishiki-e)
Artist After Totoya Hokkei (1780-1850)
Published c.1890's
Dimensions Kaku-Surimono [~7 x 8.5]
Notes Group C copy of an earlier Hokkei surimono.

Series: Suiko gogyô: Suikoden and the Five Elements
Signature: Go Hokkei
Reference: Keyes, Roger. The Art of Surimono: Privately published Japanese woodblock prints and books in the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin. Sotheby, London, 1985. No.57.

At the end of the 19th century, realizing their aesthetic value, a number of publishers decided to re-carve a selection of Edo period surimono designs. Printed in editions of 50 or 100, they were sold principally to Western tourists in Japan.

The print features a poem by Ryûtoen Baikai:

Kaoshô ga/ hikinuku ude no/ kobu yanagi/ kaze no chikara mo/ oyobazarikeri: Hana Osho/ or the power/ of the wind/ that pulls out the arm/ and the power of the wind.

Totoya Hokkei (1780-1850) was a Japanese artist best known for his prints in the ukiyo-e style. One of Hokusai's earliest and most gifted pupils, Hokkei was particularly renowned in the field of surimono. Before his initial training with Kanô Yôsen' in Korenobu, he worked as a fishmonger at Yotsuya Samegahashi, hence the unusual art surname of Totoya/Uoya (fish shop). Hokkei's first work appeared in 1799. He designed a number of surimono in the 1800s and 1810s, but he did not master the art of designing them until the late 1810s. Besides surimono and illustrations for poetry albums, Hokkei designed a few illustrations for popular fiction and some commercially published prints.

Condition: Trimmed.
Framing mounted
Price £300.00
Stock ID 51267