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Loan Object
Artist: Teisai Hokuba, Japanese, 1771–1844

Plum Tree with Mount Fuji

ca. 1820

Surimono, shikishi-ban; polychrome woodblock print with silver pigment and gauffrage

sheet: 8 1/8 × 7 in. (20.6 × 17.8 cm)
Promised gift of Virginia Shawan Drosten and Patrick Kenadjian, B.A. 1970

蹄斎北馬 富士に梅の木 江戸時代

Teisai Hokuba was one of the best students of the well-known artist Katsushika Hokusai. Hokuba is said to have produced illustrations for more than sixty kyōka poetry anthologies and popular books between about 1800 and 1812. Many of his works are reminiscent of Hokusai’s, but the compositions tend to be less taut and the colors are softer than his teacher’s. In this print, Hokuba’s silver Mount Fuji is harmonious and intimate. The blossoming plum tree with pink flowers and red bracts cuts diagonally across the view of the peak. The composition subtly blends together, with the soft, salmon-pink clouds outlined in gauffrage in the midground, wreathing the foot of Fuji. Like many surimono, this print was made to celebrate the New Year.

On view
Edo period (1615–1868)
Works on Paper - Prints

Joan B. Mirviss (dealer), New York; sold to Virginia Shawan Drosten and Patrick Kenadjian, Koenigstein im Taunus, Germany, 1997 (on loan to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 2017—present)


Joan B. Mirviss and John T. Carpenter, Jewels of Japanese Printmaking: Surimono of the Bunka-Bunsei Era 1804–1830 (Tokyo: Ota Memorial Museum of Art, 2000), 68–69, no. 20.

Sadako Ohki and Adam Haliburton, The Private World of Surimono: Japanese Prints from the Virginia Shawan Drosten and Patrick Kenadjian Collection (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2020), 119–21, no. 30, ill.

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