18 September 2008
Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849)
Sparrows and breaking wave
Aizuri-e, five sparrows flying through and over the well of a breaking wave, signed Zen Hokusai hitsu and published by Moriya Jihei--good impression, slightly toned, soiled, stained, worming
chuban tate-e: 22 x 16.4cm.
Hayashi Tadamasa (1853-1906)
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Closely related in design to the powerful, threatening wave in Hokusai's famous print Kanagawa oki nami ura (In the well of the great wave off Kanagawa), here the breaking wave provides a playground for chattering sparrows.
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