Katsushika Hokusai (Japanese, Tokyo (Edo) 1760–1849 Tokyo (Edo))
Edo period (1615–1868)
Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper
Image: 9 x 11 1/2 in. (22.9 x 29.2 cm)
Overall with paper mount: 12 7/8 x 18 1/2 in. (32.7 x 47 cm)
Overall with mat: 15 1/2 x 22 3/4 in. (39.4 x 57.8 cm)
The Francis Lathrop Collection, Purchase, Frederick C. Hewitt Fund, 1911
Not on view
During his Iitsu period, Hokusai often featured flowers and birds in the prints he produced for fans. This image depicts a family of chickens clustered together affectionately in a field of blooming spiderwort, or tsuyukusa. The brilliant palette displays Hokusai's fondness for bright, intense colors.
Signature: Zen (formerly) Hokusai Iitsu hitsu (brush)
Marking: Seal: Kiwame - authentic
Francis Lathrop , Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey (until d. 1909). ; Estate of Francis Lathrop , New York (1911; sold to MMA).
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Birds, Flowers, and Buddhist Paradise Imagery in Japanese Art," February 14, 2004–June 13, 2004.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Sensitivity to the Seasons: Spring and Summer," December 17, 2005–June 4, 2006.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Birds in the Art of Japan," February 2, 2013–July 28, 2013.
London. British Museum. "Hokusai: beyond the Great Wave," May 25, 2017–August 13, 2017.
Osaka. Abeno Harukas Art Museum. "Hokusai: beyond the Great Wave," October 6, 2017–November 19, 2017.
Artist: Katsushika Hokusai (Japanese, Tokyo (Edo) 1760–1849 Tokyo (Edo))Date: 1814Medium: Woodblock printed book (orihon, accordion-style); ink and color on paperAccession: 2013.719On view in:Not on view