詩歌写真鏡 李白 Ri Haku from the series Mirrors of Japanese and Chinese Poems (Shiika shashin kyō)
Katsushika Hokusai (Japanese, Tokyo (Edo) 1760–1849 Tokyo (Edo))
Edo period (1615–1868)
Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper
20 3/8 x 9 in. (51.8 x 22.9 cm)
The Harry G. C. Packard Collection of Asian Art, Gift of Harry G. C. Packard, and Purchase, Fletcher, Rogers, Harris Brisbane Dick, and Louis V. Bell Funds, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, and The Annenberg Fund Inc. Gift, 1975
Not on view
The lofty character of Chinese poets as well as the time-honored theme of the poet Li Bo viewing a waterfall are transformed by Hokusai into a joyous, thrilling spectacle of natural wonder. The contrast between the poet's profound absorption and the two boy attendants fussing over him gives the scene its animating piquancy.