The Life and Afterlives of Hanabusa Itch?, Artist-Rebel of Edo

The Life and Afterlives of Hanabusa Itch?, Artist-Rebel of Edo

by Miriam Wattles


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The Life and Afterlives of Hanabusa Itch?, Artist-Rebel of Edo by Miriam Wattles

Miriam Wattles recounts the making of Hanabusa Itchō (1652-1724), painter, haikai-poet, singer-songwriter, and artist subversive, in The Life and Afterlives of Hanabusa Itchō, Artist-Rebel of Edo. Translating literary motifs visually to encapsulate the tensions of his time, many of Itchō’s original works became models emulated by ukiyo-e and other artists. A wide array of sources reveals a lifetime of multiple personas and positions that are the source of his multifarious artistic reincarnations. While, on the one hand, his legend as seditious exile appears in the fictional cross-media worlds of theater, novels, and prints, on the other hand, factual accounts of his complicated artistic life reveal an important figure within the first artists’ biographies of early modern Japan.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789004202856
Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 04/15/2013
Series: Japanese Visual Culture , #10
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 10.30(w) x 13.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Miriam Wattles, Ph.D. (Institute of Fine Arts, NYU, 2004), is Associate Professor of Japanese Visual Culture at UC Santa Barbara. She has published articles on Edo-period books, art, and historiography. Her present research is on the materiality and migration of books on toba-e, giga, and manga, 1720–1928.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Introduction 1

Peak Generational Moments 2

Legend and Biography 4

School and Genre 4

Itcho as Haiga Artist 5

Itcho, "Founder of Giga" 6

Itcho and Ukiyo-e 7

Part 1 A Life

1 Multiple Names for Many Personas 13

Mapping Itcho's Personas in Time and Place 14

Becoming a Kano Painter: Yasuo/Shurinsai 20

Playful Paintings, Playfully Painted 27

In the Floating World: Wao 30

In the World of Haikai Poetry: Gyoun 34

Autonomous: Fuji Nobuka and Taga Choko 37

The Elegant and Vulgar at Play in an Album 40

Fuji Nobuka's Accidental Meetings 50

2 Island Itcho 55

Island Patrons 57

Poetic Communications from Exile 66

Island Paintings 68

Coda: The Sociability of a Summer Kimono 86

3 Hanabusa Itcho: Head of the Studio 93

The Kyoho Era 98

The Sage at the Northern Window 98

Three Monumental Works 103

What Four Accomplishments? 119

The Visual Antics of Itcho 126

Best-Loved Motifs 129

Familiar Themes in the Hanabusa-School Repertoire 133

Painterly Poetics 140

Itcho's Inscription into Art History 147

The Itcho Legacy 148

Part 2 Afterlives

4 Tangled in Scandal: Manuscript Culture 155

Print versus Manuscript Culture 155

The Vagaries of the Case 156

A Record of Rumor: Sands of Edo 57

An Embellished Drama: Ryukei's Tale 157

Made Transgressive: Edo Hearsay in Recent Times 159

5 Poetically Evoked: Songs, Poems, and Pictures in Print 171

Itcho the Songwriter: Unattributed and Fleetingly Lauded 171

Paintings in Print: Publishing in the Name of the Master 173

6 Objectivity and Atmosphere: Biographies to Journals 187

Kyoden's Embedded Account 187

The Broader Context: Biographies, 1790s-1850s 194

Itcho's Gradual Marginalization 199

7 Gossip Afloat: The Promiscuity of the Asazuma Boat 205

Meanings Accrued 211

A Question of Attribution 214

Kyoden's Facts 216

Kyoden's Playfulness 220

On the Kabuki Stage and in Ukiyo-e 225

Epilogue 235

Endnotes 238

Bibliography 252

Illustration Credits 269

List of Characters 274

Index 279

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