Hokusai: Relaxing after the bath
Artist: Katsushika Hokusai
Title: Relaxing after the bath
Series: One Hundred Poets, One Poem Each (hyakunin isshu)
Date: ca. 1835
“Fujiwara no Yoshitaka”. Two women and their male companions enjoy the langorous aftermath of a bath, enjoying the calm beauty of a pond from their balcony. Two more men are in the bath, and wee see steam rising as a counterpoint to the glove clouds at the bottom. A pair of cormorants appear as if floating on the air itself. This print has mica highlights. From the series “One Hundred Poets, One Poem Each”.
The poem was translated by Morse to read: For thy precious sake, Once my eager life itself Was not dear to me. But ‘tis now my heart’s desire It may long, long years endure
Condition: Very good impression, color and condition. Some trimming at bottom and top and faint center fold.
Dimensions: horizontal ôban
Literature: See Morse’s “Hokusai; One Hundred Poets”, plate 50, page 112.
Signature: Zen Hokusai