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Nōgakuzue, Ugetsu


 Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Ugetsu 雨月

(The Moon and The Rain)

from the series Nōgakuzue

by Tsukioka Kōgyo, 1899

Nōgakuzue, Ominameshi

IHL Cat. #943

About This Print

One of 261 prints from the series Nōgakuzue (Illustrations of Noh).  The print depicts a scene from the play Ugetsu by the playwright Komparu Zenchiku (1405-c. 1470).

For another treatment of this play by the artist see the print Nōga taikan, Ugetsu.

The Play - Ugetsu

Source: A Guide to No, P.G. O'Neill, Hinoki Shoten, 1929, p. 202-203.
Arriving at Sumiyoshi on a pilgrimage to the shrine there, the priest Saigyō seeks shelter in the house of an old couple.  They gladly give him lodging when he succeeds in providing a beginning to the second part of a poem which the old man composed about a dispute between him and his wife: she, liking to watch the moon, wants the eaves of the house left unthatched but he enjoys hearing the sound of the rain on the thatching there.  In the second part of the play, Sumiyoshi Miyōjin, the patron god of poetry, takes possession of an old keeper of the shrine to speak of poetry and dance.

Right Margin Detail

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Print Details

 IHL Catalog #943
 Title Ugetsu 雨月 (Rain and Moon)
 Series Nōgakuzue 能樂圖繪 (Illustrations of Noh)
 Tsukioka Kōgyo (1869-1927)
Red letter seal in an irregular rectangular shape with double border: 艮州 [Konshū]
Printed on November 5, 1899 / Issued on November 15, 1899 (Meiji 32)
明治三十二年十一月五日 印刷仝年仝月十五日発行

The ARC database entry for their print arcUP1020 carries the same dates as this collection's print, as follows:
 Edition unknown
 Publisher Matsuki Heikichi (Daikokuya Heikichi 大黒屋平) [Marks: pub. ref. 029]
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent
 Genre ukiyo-e
 Format oban yoko-e
 H x W Paper 9 1/4 x 14 1/4 in. (23.5 x 36.2 cm)
 H x W Image
 8 3/4 x 13 in. (22.2 x 33 cm) area within printed black border
 Collections This Print University of Pittsburgh Special Collections 20091209-kogyo-0360; Scripps College Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery 2009.7.24; Art Institute Chicago 1939.2258.174; Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University AcNo.arcUP0812 CoGNo.arcUP0735AlGNo.arcUP0735 and
AcNo.arcUP1021 CoGNo.arcUP0840AlGNo.arcUP0840
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