Drawings and Poems by Various Artists

Various artists/makers

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Yosegaki, or "gathered writings," are collaborative works for which prominent poets and painters of the day would each contribute a poem in Chinese or Japanese or a little drawing on a seasonal or poetic theme. Random in arrangement and disjunctive in perspectival and spatial relationships, the images are a cornucopia of pictorial elements representing sundry aspects of life in Edo (present-day Tokyo) during the early nineteenth century. This work, on silk, is a deluxe example with such an impressive array of contributors that we must assume it was compiled over the course of several months, perhaps with certain poets and artists collaborating on particular sections.

Drawings and Poems by Various Artists, Shokusanjin (Ōta Nanpo) (Japanese, 1749–1823), Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk, Japan

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