The Sumo Wrestlers Takaneyama Yoichiemon and Sendagawa Kichigorō

Katsushika Hokusai Japanese

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Hokusai occasionally treated the sumo world in his prints. He returned to the subject briefly in the early 1790s after a decade-long absence. Here, the sumo wrestlers Wadagahara Jinshirō on the right and Kachōzan Gorōkichi on the left are locked together during a fight. They are depicted with thinner, more refined lines than in the artist's early sumo prints. The signature Shunrō ga ("painted by Shunrō") is one he used for a period before choosing his most familiar name, Hokusai.

The Sumo Wrestlers Takaneyama Yoichiemon and Sendagawa Kichigorō, Katsushika Hokusai (Japanese, Tokyo (Edo) 1760–1849 Tokyo (Edo)), Woodblock print; ink and color on paper, Japan

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