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Artist:   Hokusai Katsushika
Ju_zaburo_ Tsutaya  
Title:   "Flower Thief"  
Date:   c. 1790  
Medium:   Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper  
Dimensions:   8 1/4 x 6 1/16 in. (21 x 15.4 cm) (image, sheet) 17 15/16 x 14 in. (45.56 x 35.56 cm) (mat, Size I)  
Credit Line:   Gift of Louis W. Hill, Jr.  
Location:   Gallery Not on view  

The play "Offering Pails of Water" centers on a love affair between a young beautiful woman and an older married man. They first meet at Mibudera Temple where the woman comes every day to offer a pail of water to the deity of the temple. For this print, Hokusai depicted the moment when the man fell in love with the woman. The man's obvious excitement comically contrasts with the woman's indifference. In 1793, shortly after his teacher's death, Hokusai left the Katsukawa School and joined another studio founded by the painter Tawaraya Søri. Nevertheless, his association with the Katsukawa School had a profound effect on his development as an artist.

Name:   Katsushika, Hokusai  
Nationality:   Japanese  
Life Dates:   Japanese, 1760 - 1849  
Name:   Tsutaya, Ju_zaburo_  
Role:   Publisher  
Nationality:   Japanese  

Object Description  
Inscriptions:   They start making a rope after catching the thief. This is going to be a long day. But you don't Shunro_ ga Publisher:Tsutaya Ju_zaburo_  
Classification:   Prints  
Physical Description:   nishiki-e  
Creation Place:   Asia, Japan, , ,  
Edition:   chu_ban tate 8 piecses series  
Accession #:   P.  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts