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Random Sketches by Hokusai, Volumes 1 to 11

Artist:
Katsushika Hokusai (Japanese, Tokyo (Edo) 1760–1849 Tokyo (Edo))
Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Eleven volumes of Woodblock printed books; ink and color on paper
Dimensions:
Overall (each volume): 8 15/16 x 6 1/4 x 1/2 in. (22.7 x 15.8 x 1.3 cm) Image: 7 x 4 7/8 in. (17.8 x 12.4 cm)
Classification:
Illustrated Books
Credit Line:
The Howard Mansfield Collection, Gift of Howard Mansfield, 1936
Accession Number:
JIB111a–k
Not on view
The series Hokusai manga had fifteen volumes. The first volume was published in 1814 and the tenth, which was supposed to be the final volume, in 1819. The series was so popular that the publishers added several more books, finally ending with volume 15 in 1878, long after Hokusai's death in1849. These drawings demonstrate Hokusai's remarkable ability to capture the essence of the body in motion. His signature reads Hokusai aratame Katsushika Taito ("Hokusai changed to Katsushika Taito").
Inscription: Tempō 5
Howard Mansfield , New York (until 1936; donated to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Sensitivity to the Seasons: Spring and Summer," December 17, 2005–June 4, 2006.

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