Takebe Socho painting

Takebe Socho

Takebe Socho (1761-1814) kakemono

Hotei and Daikoku

hanging scroll, ink and color on paper, signed Socho with one artist's seal Shofu, late 18th/early 19th century

painting: 46 1/8 by 8 3/4 in., 117 by 22.3 cm
overall: 75 5/8 by 10 7/8 in., 192 by 27.5 cm

Takebe Socho is closely associated with haiga, a style of painting based on haiku (poem with 5-7-5 syllable sequence) or haikai (comic or light-hearted verse). Socho created numerous haiku poems but also considered himself to be a yamato-e shi (traditional painter). He frequently associated with other literati such as Kobayashi Issa (1763-1827), Sakai Hoitsu (1761-1828), Ohta Nanpo (1749-1823) and his brother-in-law, Kameda Bosai (1752-1826).

Koyuki ya
hiragasa satemumu
kami no mae

Lightly snowing
wearing my straw hat
before the gods


Takebe Socho signature

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