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Hanabusa Itcho

 Drawing - Blind Monks Examining An Elephant by Hanabusa Itcho

Blind Monks Examining An Elephant

old woman

On the ground, crouching man with a pot

Portrait of a Poet

Demon in a jump

The exorcist Shoki and demons

Three sitting men

A man picks up a paint box

A man and a boy with panniers

Half-length figure of a floating angel

Head of a warrior with Scaled Helm

Production of tatami (floor mats)

Young man cuts branch of a bush

Young girl on the water

Head of a demon

Head of a demon

Head of a hero

Woman Sewing

New Year dancer with a baton and tambourine

Shinto priest with a rod to hang on the paper strip, and a group of people with children

Sitting man with a box

Dance of the Lion

Two women with children on their backs

Two men in a cornfield

Hanabusa Itchō (英 一蝶?, 1652 – February 7, 1724) was a Japanese painter, calligrapher, and haiku poet. He originally trained in the Kanō style, under Kanō Yasunobu, but ultimately rejected that style and became a literati (bunjin). He was also known as Hishikawa Waō and by a number of other art-names.


Born in Osaka[1] and the son of a physician, he was originally named Taga Shinkō. He studied Kanō painting, but soon abandoned the school and his master to form his own style, which would come to be known as the Hanabusa school.

He was exiled in 1698, for parodying one of the shogun's concubines in painting, to the island of Miyake-jima; he would not return until 1710. That year, in Edo, the artist would formally take the name Hanabusa Itchō.

Most of his paintings depicted typical urban life in Edo, and were approached from the perspective of a literati painter. His style, in-between the Kanō and ukiyo-e, is said to have been "more poetic and less formalistic than the Kanō school, and typical of the "bourgeois" spirit of the Genroku period".[2]

Hanabusa was the master of the later painter Sawaki Suushi.[3]

Hanabusa studied poetry under the master Matsuo Bashō, and is said to have been an excellent calligrapher as well.
See also

Hanabusa Itchō II - son and pupil of Itchō
nanga - "literati painting"


Lane, Richard (1978). "Images of the Floating World." Old Saybrook, CT: Konecky & Konecky.
Frederic, Louis (2002). "Japan Encyclopedia." Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press.



Lane, Richard. (1978). Images from the Floating World, The Japanese Print. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780192114471; OCLC 5246796

External links

Bridge of dreams: the Mary Griggs Burke collection of Japanese art, a catalog from The Metropolitan Museum of Art Libraries (fully available online as PDF), which contains material on Hanabusa Itchō (see index)

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