Paintings

‘The Store of Mitsui in Suruga-cho, the Eastern Capital’ print by Katsushika Hokusai

2.The Store of Mitsui in Suruga-cho, the Eastern Capital   Mt. Fuji in the center separates the screen. By all rights, there should be the street under the image, but the part above the signboard is drawn. It similar to ‘Asakusa Hongan-ji temple in the Eastern capital‘ of the Kawara workmen and the kite show the …

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Mount Fuji ukiyo-e art ‘Nihonbashi, Edo’ by Katsushika Hokusai

1. Nihonbashi, Edo     Nihonbashi Bridge was a bridge that became the starting point of five highway, Tokaido, Nakasendo, Koshudo, Nikkodo, and Ooshudo. Katsushika Hokusai(1760-1849) used the perspective method for the artworks.    According to the documents at the time, Nihonbashi was about 50 meters in length. As the print shows, the various people always crossed over the bridge …

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Famous The Great Wave Off Kanagawa art print, painted by Katsushika Hokusai

The Japanese big wave art, The Great Wave off Kanagawa(kanagawa oki nami ura) ‘The Great Wave off Kanagawa’ (woodblock printing) is one of the most famous art not only of Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849)‘s prints but also throughout the country(but actually, there are quite a few Japanese who do not know the title of the picture…). You might not be able to …

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Utagawa Kuniyoshi, goldfishes ukiyo-e prints (Kingyo zukushi)

“All kind of goldfishes (金魚づくし, Kingyo-zukushi)” by Utagawa Kuniyoshi Utagawa Kuniyoshi(1798-1861) was an ukiyo-e artist who was good at coming up with an ingenious plan for the works. He created woodblock printings freely and drawn a wide range of pictures from impressive to cute. Kingyo-zukushi is one of the gi-ga  (戯画) that the theme is funny picuture. Kuniyoshi personified goldfishes in …

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Kitagawa Utamaro’s art woodblcok prints of Okita

Naniwa-ya Okita, one of the most famous model of Utamaro’s woodblock prints Among the ukiyo-e artists in Japan, Kitagawa Utamaro was second to none in beautiful woman portrait(bijinga). He painted various pictures of middle class women in Edo, but especially Naniwa-ya Okita appeared in many works.  But originally she was only a town girl. The woman who is in the right of …

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Kawase Hasui: biography, woodblock prints artworks and for sale

Kawase Hasui(1883-1957) Kawase Hasui(川瀬巴水)  was a modern Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock print(shin-hanga) artist who played an active part in the early 1900s and the middle. Unfortunately, comparing to Katushika Hokusai and Utagawa Hiroshige, he has not been so well-known in Japan. But he left 467 works of woodcut prints and received high praise from the other countries.       Kawase Bunjiro(川瀬文治郎) was born in …

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“Famous Views of the Sixty-odd Provinces” ukiyo-e art prints by Utagawa Hiroshige

“Famous Views of the Sixty-odd Provinces”(六十余州名所図会) Utagawa (Ando) Hiroshige (1797-1858) worked on the work of “Famous Views of the Sixty-odd Provinces” in his later life from 1853 to 1856. Unlike “Fifty-Three Stages on the Tokaido“, he used a vertically long screen called Tate-e(立て絵). “One Hundred Famous Views of Edo ” is also the type of Tate-e.   Sponsored Links He completed …

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Kitagawa Utamaro’s “Flowers of Edo” bijinga ukiyo-e art prints

“Flowers of Edo:Girl Ballad Singers”(江戸の花娘浄瑠璃) “Flowers of Edo: Girl Ballad Singers” are works of the later years of Kitagawa Utamaro (1753?-1806) who was an ukiyo-e artist specializing in beautiful women portrait. He painted two girls playing the shamisen (三味線) and sang for joruri (浄瑠璃). Flowers of Edo, Momiji Flowers of Edo, Tsubaki In 1803, a few years after Tsutaya …

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Utagawa Hiroshige’s snowy winter scenes ukiyo-e art woodblock prints

The collection of the snowy landscape of Hiroshige’s ukiyo-e Even among the many ukiyo-e artists, Utagawa Hiroshige was particularly good at landscape paintings. The snowy scene that he drew expresses a distinctive quietly.         I would like to introduce 14 works of Hiroshige’s winter landscapes including Kambara, the snow in the night in “Fifty-Three …

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The ukiyo-e museums in Tokyo.

Art museums exhibiting Japanese wood prints in Tokyo There are about 1100 museums in Japan, but not many places to do a permanent exhibition of ukiyo-e. Meanwhile, some individual or public museums in Tokyo constantly exhibit ukiyo-e.     This museum has about 14,000 ukiyo-e prints such as Katsushika Hokusai, Kitagawa Utamaro, Utagawa Hiroshige, including about 12,000 pieces collected …

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