Hokusai (or Katsushika Oi)

attributed to Hokusai (or Katsushika Oi)

1760-1849 (or ca. 1800-66)

sketches of women

five small sumi ink sketches of women in various poses, mounted on thick paper (likely from an album), ca. 1820s-30s

15 1/8 by 11 1/4 in., 38.4 by 28.7 cm

While it is of course difficult to determine if sketches are by the hand of Hokusai himself or one of his students, these charming studies of women compare very closely with published examples attributed to Hokusai.

Provenance:
Gabrielle H. Grunebaum, Dobbs Ferry, New York (1910-2004)

References:
Theodore Bowie, The Drawings of Hokusai, 1964, no. 51, no. 76 (very similar composition of a woman lying prone and holding her chin in her hands), nos. 77-79 (the rear view of a woman holding a samisen is similar to the study at the top center of this sheet)
Matthi Forrer, William R. van Gulik, Heinz M. Kaempfer, Hokusai and his school: Paintings, drawings and illustrated books, 1982, pp. 20-21, nos. 7 & 8 (both ex Javal, Janette Ostier collection)
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (lacma.org), for five comparable works from the Joan Elizabeth Tanney Bequest, accession nos. M.2006.136.108, M.2006.136.116, M.2006.136.117, M.2006.136.118, M.2006.136.119
(inv. no. 2187)

price: $2,800

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