Art/ Collection/ Art Object

「一陽連文房四友 硯 伯英」 『春雨集』 摺物帖
The Chinese Calligrapher Boying (Japanese: Hakuei; also known as the “Sage of Cursive Script”); “Inkstone” (Suzuri), from Four Friends of the Writing Table for the Ichiyō Poetry Circle (Ichiyō-ren Bunbō shiyū) From the Spring Rain Collection (Harusame shū), vol. 1

Artist:
Yashima Gakutei (Japanese, 1786?–1868)
Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
ca. 1827
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Polychrome woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper
Dimensions:
8 x 7 1/8 in. (20.3 x 18.1 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929
Accession Number:
JP1940
Not on view
Surimono are privately published woodblock prints, usually commissioned by individual poets or poetry groups s a form of New Year’s greeting card. The poems, most commonly kyōka (witty thirty-one-syllable verse), inscribed on the prints usually include felicitous imagery connected with spring, which in the lunar calendar begins on the first day of the first month. Themes of surimono are often erudite, frequently alluding to Japanese literary classics in both texts and images.
Signature: Gakutei (seal form)
Mrs. H. O. (Louisine W.) Havemeyer , New York (until d. 1929; bequeathed to MMA).
Related Objects

Sketches of Artisans (Ryakuga shokunin zukushi)

Artist: Yashima Gakutei (Japanese, 1786?–1868) Date: 1826 Medium: Printed book; ink and color on paper Accession: 2011.524 On view in:Not on view

The Tenmangu Festival at Osaka

Artist: Yashima Gakutei (Japanese, 1786?–1868) Date: 1834 Medium: Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper Accession: JP1415 On view in:Not on view

Collection of Kyōka Verse with Portraits of Poets in Famous Numerical Groupings (Kyōka meisū gazō shū)

Artist: Yashima Gakutei (Japanese, 1786?–1868) Date: ca. 1830 Medium: Set of three woodblock printed books; ink and color on paper Accession: 2013.681a–c On view in:Not on view

Collected Light Verses and Noted Landscapes (Sansui kikan kyōka shū)

Artist: Yashima Gakutei (Japanese, 1786?–1868) Date: ca. 1820 Medium: Woodblock printed book; ink and color on paper Accession: 2013.686 On view in:Not on view

Ichirō Picture Album (Ichirō gafu)

Artist: Yashima Gakutei (Japanese, 1786?–1868) Date: 1823 Medium: Woodblock printed book; ink and color on paper Accession: 2013.680 On view in:Not on view