One Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets - Kuniyoshi's circa 1840 - 1842 series "One Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets" is based on the famous anthology of classical Japanese waka poems collected in the thirteenth century by the poet and calligrapher Fujiwara no Teika. For each verse, Kuniyoshi presents a portrait of the poet or a scene suggested by the poem itself. The verse appears in a box next to the series title in the upper right corner. Subjects range from the poets writing or contemplating nature to the daily activities of noblemen and peasants alike. Nicely composed and detailed, many designs include soft bokashi shading in the background. A rarely seen Kuniyoshi series and a nice complement to his more well-known subjects.
Sakyo-no-tayu Aisuke (Fujiwara no Akisuke), Poet No. 79 - Handsome portrait of Sakyo-no-tayu Aisuke (Fujiwara no Akisuke) standing on a porch, looking up with his arm raised above his head, the wind blowing his sleeve and robe about him. Autumn grasses and blossoms grow around the house, with misty clouds drifting across the full moon above. His verse reads:
See how clear and bright
Is the moonlight finding ways
Through the riven clouds
That, with drifting autumn wind,
Gracefully float in the sky.
Artist - Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)
Image Size - 13 3/4" x 9 3/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with good detail as shown. Stitching holes at one side, wormhole, repaired. Slight creasing, a few stains. Please see photos for details.
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