This beautiful polychrome woodblock print is a Meiji era copy (ca. 1900) of original designs (ca. 1771).
by Itō Jakuchū (1716–1800), A Japanese painter of the mid-Edo period notable for his striking modern aesthetic.
Born in Kyoto, Jakuchū was strongly influenced by Zen Buddhist ideals throughout his life and his name is taken from the Tao Te Ching and means “like the void”.
He was considered a koji (a lay brother) and he named his studio Shin’en-kan, which translates as “Villa of the Detached Heart [or Mind])”, a phrase included in a poem by the ancient Chinese poet Tao Qian.
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