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- Object: Enoshima shunbo 江ノ島春望 (Spring at Enoshima)
Colour woodblock print. Springtime prospect at Enoshima, with figures by sea. Illustration from the book 'Yanagi no ito'.
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Height: 24.90 centimetres
Width: 38 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Clark 2017
Hokusai’s printed spring view of a beach, with Mt Fuji seen in the distance past the island of Enoshima, is surely based on Kōkan’s painting of the same subject that was on public view at the Atago shrine, Edo, from the previous year (cat. 15). In place of a humble fisherman and his wife, however, we now find travellers from the city, perhaps asking the way from local children. The wave about to break on the shore also seems to have caught Hokusai’s attention, and is portrayed more dynamically. It anticipates a sequence of wave imagery that will culminate a quarter of a century later, around 1831, in the famous image ‘The Great Wave’ (cat. 51). This is one of six plates by different artists illustrating a de luxe album commissioned by the Asakusa group of ‘crazy verse’ (kyōka) poets, led by pawnbroker Asakusa no Ichihito/Ichindo (1755–1820).
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2010 Oct 19- 2011 Feb 14, BM Japanese Galleries, 'Japan from Prehistory to the Present'
2017 25 May - 13 Aug, London, BM, G35, Hokusai: Beyond the Great Wave
2017 6 Oct - 19 Nov, Osaka, Abeno Harukas Art Museum
2022 16 Apr-12 Jun, Tokyo, Suntory Museum of Art, Hokusai from the British Museum
- Associated titles
Associated Title: Yanagi no ito
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