Comparison of the Ogura One Hundred Poets, One Poem Each - Handsome design from a terrific series pairing a verse from the best-loved collection of Japanese poetry, "The One Hundred Poets, One Poem Each," with figures from Japanese history or theater. Hiroshige, Kuniyoshi, and Kunisada each designed prints for the series. Divided into two parts, the first group of prints features a poem next to the series title, while the second half includes a fan-shaped inset with a portrait of the featured poet. A wonderful and unusual series with great designs by the top artists of the mid-19th century. These prints would make great additions to any ukiyo-e collection.
Ono no Komachi, Poet No. 9 - Terrific scene from the novel "Usuyuki monogatari" of the samurai Sonobe Saemon strolling under the cherry blossoms at Shin Kiyomizu Temple. He holds a poem slip in one hand, and a fan in the other, looking anxiously over his shoulder as he waits for the Princess Usuyuki. The poem by the famous ninth-century poet Ono no Komachi, who was known for her beauty, reads:
Color of the flower
Has already faded away,
While in idle thoughts
My life passes vainly by,
As I watch the long rains fall.
A handsome Hiroshige design with soft shading in the background.
Artist - Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
Image Size - 13 1/2" x 8 3/4" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Paper remnants on reverse at edges from previous mounting. Horizontal centerfold. A few wormholes, repaired. Slight toning, soiling, and creasing. Please see photos for details.
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