Winter Farming Scene; (verso) Autumn Farming Scene

Katsushika Isai Japanese

Edo period (1615–1868)

Not on view

This unusually large fan, the function of which is uncertain, is painted on both sides with scenes of farming in winter and autumn. Winter is not shown.) The artist's signature, Isai, and two seals, kai and ka, are found on both sides.

Isai was one of a large number of artists trained by Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849), a nineteenth-century giant of printmaking and painting. It is generally recognized that many of the paintings traditionally attributed to this great master were actually executed by some of his pupils, such as Isai. Indeed, this painting reveals many of Hokusai's idiosyncrasies, such as the figure types, the manner of depicting foliage, and the clearly defined recession into space.

Winter Farming Scene; (verso) Autumn Farming Scene, Katsushika Isai (Japanese, 1821–1880), Folding fan; ink and color on paper, with mounting in ivory, Japan

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