One Hundred Old Men Gathering for a Drinking Party

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Artist: Ike Taiga 池大雅 (1723-1776)
Historical period(s)
Edo period, 18th century
Ink, color, and gold on silk
H x W (overall): 53.8 x 292.3 cm (21 3/16 x 115 1/16 in)
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art
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Currently not on view


celebration, drinking, Edo period (1615 - 1868), elder, Japan, ukiyo-e
Provenance research underway.

This handscroll shows a large group of elderly men proceeding toward a rural village to the left. There, a convivial party is in progress. The landscape is fluently painted with rough sweeps of ink depicting distant hills, foreground rocks and trees. Touches of gold and color are freely applied. 

The painter's depiction of the crowd of celebrants is lively and humorous. Although the figures are painted in the most abbreviated manner, repeating a formula for faces like the patterns of foliage or the forms of rocks, their expressions are varied and engaging. The painting is replete with charming details such as the rooster on the thatched roof watching over his family below. The inventive freedom of Taiga's style in his late 30s is apparent in this energetic and exuberant work.

Published References
  • Zaigai hiho [(Japanese Paintings in Western Collections]. 3 vols., Tokyo. vol. 1: pt. I & II, pp. 110-111, vol. 1, pt. I & II, pl. 85.
  • Suzuki Susumu. Ike no Taiga. no. 114 Tokyo, November 1975. fig. 100.
  • Great Drawings of All Time. 4 vols., New York. pl. 919.
  • Mayuyama Junkichi. Japanese Art in the West. Tokyo. pl. 285.
  • Dr. John Alexander Pope, Thomas Lawton, Harold P. Stern. The Freer Gallery of Art. 2 vols., Washington and Tokyo, 1971-1972. cat. 55, vol. 2: p. 169.
  • Masterpieces of Chinese and Japanese Art: Freer Gallery of Art handbook. Washington, 1976. p. 133.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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