Hotei from the painting book Kaiga kōshū roku

Hozu River in Early Summer from the series New Selection of Noted Places of Kyoto

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Hotei from the painting book Kaiga kōshū roku

by Utagawa Yoshimune II, 1903/1916

Miki Suizan (1887-1957)

IHL Cat. #1961

About This Print

The god of good fortune, happiness and laughter Hotei, one of the seven shichifujujin (gods of good fortune), resting in his sack filled with toys and treasures for the flocks of children who swarm around him everywhere.

This print was included in one of the volumes of Kaiga kōshūroku (Painting training book)a series of correspondence training books teaching subscribers how to paint. Each issue contained five examples of paintings reproduced as woodblock prints, along with an explanation of each painting.  The books were issued on a quarterly basis by Dai Nihon Kaiga Kōshūkai 大日本絵画講習会.

Artists who contributed paintings in addition to Yoshimune were

Compare Yoshimune's handling of Hotei in his sack with a drawing of Hokusai's (1760-1849) shown below.

Hotei, the god of good fortune, one of the seven lucky gods, facing front
with his head resting on his hands, peering out through an opening in his bottomless bag of goods.
Katsushika Hokusai, between 1830-1850
drawing on thin handmade paper : ink wash, color ; 26.9 x 19.2 cm (sheet)

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #1961
 Title/Description Hotei 布袋
 Series from an unknown volume of the painting training course book 繪画講習録 Kaiga kōshū roku
 Utagawa Yoshimune II (1863-1941)
 not signed
Yoshimune in lower right
 Publication Date between 1903 and 1916
 Edition unknown
 Publisher 大日本絵画講習会 DaiNihon Kaiga Kōshūkai  
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent
 Format chuban
 H x W Paper 7 1/8 x 8 9/16 in. (18.4 x 21.7 cm)
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