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Title

The Six Immortal Poets


Artist

Hokusai pupils

Japan


About

In the poetry tradition, some outstanding poets have been worshipped as 'immortals'. The most popular groupings are the Six Immortal Poets and the Thirty-Six Immortal Poets. Both are popularly portrayed in paintings and other arts. The painting is an example of the collaborative works so popular with artists and poets and so often created at literary and artistic gatherings. Six artists drew the portraits and the literary scholar Rokujuen contributed a comic poem:

'In the Kokin Preface
You can here the sound
The Six Poets made
When their heads
Cracked together.'

'Kokin' refers to a 10th century poetry anthology which names the six poets as 'famous poets of recent times'.

The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.201.


Details


Place where the work was made

Japan


Date

circa 1830


Media category

Painting


Materials used

hanging scroll; ink and colour on weathered paper


Dimensions

94.0 x 28.5 cm image; 177.5 x 31.0 x 35.9 cm scroll


Signature & date

Signed l.l. to l.r., in Japanese, ink [inscribed by six different artists] "Hokuga ga [picture by Hokuga]", "Shunkô-tei hitsu [drawn by Shunkô-tei]", "Hokuei ga [picture by Hokuei]", "Hasegawa sekkô ga [picture by Hasegawa Sekkô]", and "Hokuju ga [picture by Hokuju]" [and each has there own artist's seal]. Not dated.


Credit

Purchased 1983


Accession number

204.1983


Artist information

Hokusai pupils

Works in the collection

1


Place

Where the work was made
Japan

Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 4 publications

Bibliography


Jackie Menzies, Art of the Brush - Chinese & Japanese painting calligraphy, Sydney, 1995, 24.

Jackie Menzies, The Floating World: Japan's world of transient pleasures, Sydney, 1994. cat.no. L4

Jackie Menzies and Edmund Capon, Asian Collection Handbook, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Japanese Painting', pg. 53-69, Sydney, 1990, 64 (illus.).

Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'The aesthetic of transience', Sydney, 2003, 201 (colour illus.).