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Hokkei

北渓 (Hokkei)


Hokkei (北渓, 1780-1850) was a fishmonger before he studied painting under Kano Yosen'in Masanobu (1753-1808), head of the Kobikicho branch of the Kano school. He lived in Akasaka and later became a student of Hokusai. With over 800 surimono, Hokkei was most prolific and one of the first of Hokusai's students. Since around 1810 he was a major designer of surimono. With close to one hundred titles he was also very active as an illustraor of kyoka anthologies and other books, some of them with erotic content. Hokkei designed only a very small number of commercial prints like the series "Famous Places from Various Provinces" (Shikoku meisho), published around 1843-35. Among his most famous works are "Hokkei's Sketches" (Hokkei manga), inspired by his master's Hokusai manga. See Andreas Marks. "Japanese Woodblock Prints, Artists, Publishers and Masterworks 1680-1900". Tuttle Publishing, Tokyo (2010). p 114. His work appeared under the art names Totoya (魚屋), Aiogazono (葵園), Aoigaoka (葵岡) and Kyōsai (拱斎).

Japanese Woodblock Print. Reproduction of TOTOYA HOKKEI "Musashino"



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