Illustration of Hokusai's Temporary Lodgings


This picture is of Katsushika Hokusai (1760‒1849), the ukiyo-e artist who painted such works as 36 Views of Mount Fuji and Hokusai Manga, and his daughter Oei (years of birth and death unknown). The old man who is kneeling, brush in hand, about to paint, is Hokusai. Oei is sitting beside him holding a kiseru (an oriental smoking pipe with a long straight shank and a small bowl) and gazing at her father. Oei was also an ukiyo-e artist who painted under the artist name of Katsushika Oi. The picture is accompanied by text describing their lives together. The narrative informs us that Hokusai never left his kotatsu (low, covered table with a heat source underneath) from autumn to early summer. He painted and slept there, even meeting people while ensconced underneath the table as rubbish piled up in a corner of the room. From the address given in the text, it can be assumed that it depicts Hokusai in the late 1840s. The author, Tsuyuki Iitsu (died circa 1893), was one of Hokusai's disciples and inherited Iitsu, one of Hokusai's artist names, from him. This picture was sent by Tsuyuki to Iijima Kyoshin (1841‒1901), who found it useful when writing his biography of Katsushika Hokusai, which was published in 1893.

Last updated: January 9, 2018