Whether showing semi-nude women abalone divers struggling with their catch while a male crew of shriveled old salts leers from a nearby boat, or the carefree rapture of a leisurely group of men and women observing cherry blossoms at their peak, Hokusai captures, with drama and delicacy, sublime and ridiculous states. The artist's simplicity, though deceptive, is also remarkable: he illustrates a poem about a lovers' seaside tryst with a magnificently imposing yet unadorned sailing vessel, its small window offering a coy glimpse of the fortunate couple inside.
Each of the 111 color prints (as well as 41 black-and-white sketches of projected prints apparently never completed) is accompanied by the poem, in Japanese and English, a biographical note on the poet and by Peter Morse's comments on literary and artistic intention and execution.
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The last major print series of the celebrated Hokusai (1760-1849), these color ``Pictures of 100 Poems by 100 Poets, Explained by the Nurse''sic interpret traditional Japanese waka and tanka poetic forms visually by means of the persona of a ``nurse'' who functions as a less sophisticated viewer ...| Read Full Review of Hokusai One Hundred Poets
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