The Thirty-Six Immortal Poets (1 of a pair)

The Thirty-Six Immortal Poets (1 of a pair)

1798
Artist
Ito Jakuchu, Japanese, 1716-1800
Born: Kyoto, Japan
Work Locations: Kyoto, Japan
Country
Japan
painting, screen
ink on paper
Funds from the Marion G. Hendrie Fund, Asian Art Department Acquisition Fund and Margaret Polak
1977.35.1

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Ito Jakuchu, The Thirty-Six Immortal Poets (1 of a pair), 1798, Ink on paper, 55.313” x 128”, Denver Art Museum Collection: Funds from the Marion G. Hendrie Fund, Asian Art Department Acquisition Fund and Margaret Polak, 1977.35.1

Dimensions
height: 55.313 in, 140.4950 cm; width: 128 in, 325.1200 cm; height: 67 3/4 in, 172.085 cm; width: 148 1/2 in, 377.19 cm; width: 24 1/2 in, 62.23 cm; width: 25 1/4 in, 64.135 cm; depth: 3/4 in, 1.905 cm; depth: 5 in, 12.7 cm
Inscription
Signatures: right screen, center at right edge; left screen, center at left edge.
Department
Asian
Collection
Asian
The Thirty-Six Immortal Poets (1 of a pair) by Ito Jakuchu (1716-1800) Japan 1798, Edo period Ink on paper Marion G. Hendrie Fund and Asian Art Department Acquisition Fund 1977.35.1 In this pair of screens, the eccentric painter Jakuchu gave the venerable theme of Thirty-Six Immortal Poets a humorous twist by posing them at play: blowing soap bubbles, exhaling smoke rings, spinning a yo-yo, juggling, and enjoying food and drink. In one panel, a poet-calligrapher shows off his virtuosity by writing with a brush held in his mouth.
Known Provenance
At least 1976-March 1977, Shoichiro Mizutani, Shukodo Oriental Art, Kyoto; 1977, DAM collection, museum purchase.