Scroll painting with the image of five hunters (two carrying a rifle on their backs) warming up at a fire next to a snow covered thatched hut. The painting is a rendering of the 28th print from the famous series Hyakunin isshu uba ga etoki (one hundred poems explained by the nurse), Minamoto no Muneyuki ason. It is an allusion to the poem by Minamoto no Muneyuki, about the deep loneliness in the mountains, when the winter has come and all guests have left. Black ink and colors on silk. Signature at lower right: Kakyojin (the man who is crazy about painting) Hokusai ga. Red seal: Hokusai.
Paper label on the back dating the piece into the 1820s. The print series was published in 1836. The addition of kakyojin was used towards the end of his life. In the last years of his life, Hokusai has produced extremely fine brush work. All this would lead to believe that the original painting, if there was such, was created in the 1830s/1840s. The style is very close to that of Hokusai himself, but it is unclear whether the piece was done by a person in his immediate proximity or later on.
Painted area (silk): 32 7/8 x 13 ¼ in. (83.5 x 33.8 cm); total length: 62 1/8 in. (157.8 cm).
Very good condition.
Wooden box, inscribed on cover top: Katsushika Hokusai hitsu, setchu ryojin zu (image of hunters in the snow). Inside of cover also inscribed: Hokusai Iitsu zoku …mitsu hikken. Red seal. Label on the side, describing the contents of the box.
Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849).