Album of Letters and Sketches, with Poet Portrait as frontispiece (28 pages)Artist(s)Sakai HōitsuObject Creation Datecirca 1800-1828Medium & Supportalbum, ink, color and gold leaf on paperDimensions
17 11/16 in x 11 3/4 in (44.93 cm x 29.85 cm);2 1/4 in x 18 7/8 in x 12 13/16 in (5.7 cm x 48 cm x 32.5 cm)Credit LineMuseum PurchaseLabel copy
Album of Letters and Sketches: Mt. Fuji
Edo period (1615–1868)
Album, ink, color, and gold leaf on paper
Museum purchase, 1968/2.55
Originally trained in Edo (modern-day Tokyo) in the style of the Kanō School—the official painting school endorsed by the ruling military class—Hōitsu soon began to produce ukiyo-e (meaning “pictures of the floating world”), excelling in depictions of beautiful women. After moving to Kyoto in his thirties and becoming a Buddhist priest, he became interested in the abstracted depictions of plants and birds in the work of Ogata Kōrin (1658–1716). This sketch representing Mount Fuji with a single continuous line was likely made under the influence of Kōrin’s style. Though Hōitsu lived in Kyoto at this point, this sketch shows his connection to his hometown of Edo.
This twenty-seven leaf album contains letters, drafts of poems, and sketches by Sakai Hōitsu. The letters help us understand the everyday concerns of a painter’s life in the later Edo period (1615–1868).Subject matter
This twenty-seven leaf album contains letters, drafts of poems, and some sketches by Sakai Hôitsu. Many of the letters are addressed to his assistants, giving them detailed painting instructions, sometimes with sketches, and reminding them of their deadlines.Physical Description
An album of 28 pages. Cover is brown with a faded image at the center, possibly of leaves on an off-white background. The inside of the album primarily contains hand-written text, though some of the text has faded images in the background, and some of the pages are completely images. The first page depicts a seated man in formal attire. and across from him is a seperate painting of a landscape with green mountains. Other images contained within are of various topics with various colors and styles.Primary Object Classification Bound Work Primary Object TypebookAdditional Object Classification(s)PaintingCollection AreaAsianRights
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