Hokusai’s Carps and Turtles painting

Carps and Turtles painting by Katsushika Hokusai <a href=”https://www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Hokusai_Carps.jpg” data-elementor-open-lightbox=”default”> <img width=”640″ height=”178″ src=”https://www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Hokusai_Carps-1024×284.jpg” alt=”” srcset=”https://i0.wp.com/www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Hokusai_Carps.jpg?resize=1024%2C284&amp;ssl=1 1024w, https://i0.wp.com/www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Hokusai_Carps.jpg?resize=150%2C42&amp;ssl=1 150w, https://i0.wp.com/www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Hokusai_Carps.jpg?resize=300%2C83&amp;ssl=1 300w, https://i0.wp.com/www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Hokusai_Carps.jpg?resize=768%2C213&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Hokusai_Carps.jpg?w=1280&amp;ssl=1 1280w” sizes=”(max-width: 640px) 100vw, 640px” /> </a> <br /><!– Japacul Link Unit –><br /><ins style=”display: block;” data-ad-client=”ca-pub-2105416879233547″ data-ad-slot=”3145397812″ data-ad-format=”link” data-full-width-responsive=”true”></ins><br /> This painting is an original handpainting depicting carps and turtles swimming underwater by Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849).  Water plants have colors, but most of the objects are drawn with shades of ink like an ink painting. It is characterized by the unique expression for the faces and the scales regularly drawn. That represents Hokusai’s worldview rather than depicting the actual carp. On the left side of Read more about Hokusai’s Carps and Turtles painting[…]

Miyamoto Musashi Beating Whale by Utagawa Kuniyoshi

“Sakata Kaidomaru” by Utagawa Kuniyoshi <a href=”https://www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/1024px-Musashi_on_the_back_of_a_whale.jpg” data-elementor-open-lightbox=”default”> <img width=”640″ height=”306″ src=”https://www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/1024px-Musashi_on_the_back_of_a_whale-1024×490.jpg” alt=”” srcset=”https://i0.wp.com/www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/1024px-Musashi_on_the_back_of_a_whale.jpg?w=1024&amp;ssl=1 1024w, https://i0.wp.com/www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/1024px-Musashi_on_the_back_of_a_whale.jpg?resize=150%2C72&amp;ssl=1 150w, https://i0.wp.com/www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/1024px-Musashi_on_the_back_of_a_whale.jpg?resize=300%2C144&amp;ssl=1 300w, https://i0.wp.com/www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/1024px-Musashi_on_the_back_of_a_whale.jpg?resize=768%2C368&amp;ssl=1 768w” sizes=”(max-width: 640px) 100vw, 640px” /> </a> <br /><!– Japacul Link Unit –><br /><ins style=”display: block;” data-ad-client=”ca-pub-2105416879233547″ data-ad-slot=”3145397812″ data-ad-format=”link” data-full-width-responsive=”true”></ins><br /> This work is an ukiyo-e print that Utagawa Kuniyoshi’s (1798-1861)  drew the swordsman in the early Edo Period, Miyamoto Musashi (1584-1645). Kuniyoshi made the prints based on the legend of the extermination of whales. The large whale lays down on the three-panels screen, and the white splashes express the whale’s intense movement. The sea surface is rising like a wall and rough enough to lose our sense of equilibrium, Read more about Miyamoto Musashi Beating Whale by Utagawa Kuniyoshi[…]

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Utagawa Kuniyoshi’s skeleton print work

“In the Ruined Palace at Sôma” by Utagawa Kuniyoshi <a href=”https://www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/1280px-Mitsukuni_defying_the_skeleton_spectre_invoked_by_princess_Takiyasha.jpg” data-elementor-open-lightbox=”default”> <img width=”640″ height=”309″ src=”https://www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/1280px-Mitsukuni_defying_the_skeleton_spectre_invoked_by_princess_Takiyasha-1024×494.jpg” alt=”skelton death” srcset=”https://i0.wp.com/www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/1280px-Mitsukuni_defying_the_skeleton_spectre_invoked_by_princess_Takiyasha.jpg?resize=1024%2C494&amp;ssl=1 1024w, https://i0.wp.com/www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/1280px-Mitsukuni_defying_the_skeleton_spectre_invoked_by_princess_Takiyasha.jpg?resize=150%2C72&amp;ssl=1 150w, https://i0.wp.com/www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/1280px-Mitsukuni_defying_the_skeleton_spectre_invoked_by_princess_Takiyasha.jpg?resize=300%2C145&amp;ssl=1 300w, https://i0.wp.com/www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/1280px-Mitsukuni_defying_the_skeleton_spectre_invoked_by_princess_Takiyasha.jpg?resize=768%2C370&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/1280px-Mitsukuni_defying_the_skeleton_spectre_invoked_by_princess_Takiyasha.jpg?w=1280&amp;ssl=1 1280w” sizes=”(max-width: 640px) 100vw, 640px” /> </a> <br /><!– Japacul Link Unit –><br /><ins style=”display: block;” data-ad-client=”ca-pub-2105416879233547″ data-ad-slot=”3145397812″ data-ad-format=”link” data-full-width-responsive=”true”></ins><br /> Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1798-1861) made this work based on the book written by Santo Kyoden (1761-1816). The stage is Soma, the royal castle built by Taira no Masakado (903-940), who declared the new Emperor in Heian Period. After his death, the brave man Ohya Taro Mitsukuni and Masakad’s daughter Princess Takiyasha are confronted in the castle that became the ruins. The big skeleton Read more about Utagawa Kuniyoshi’s skeleton print work[…]

Best selection of Kitagawa Utamaro’s prints on Amazon

The prints by Kitagawa Utamaro, for sale on Amazon <img width=”640″ height=”960″ src=”https://www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/No.006.jpg” alt=”” srcset=”https://i2.wp.com/www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/No.006.jpg?w=640&amp;ssl=1 640w, https://i2.wp.com/www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/No.006.jpg?resize=200%2C300&amp;ssl=1 200w” sizes=”(max-width: 640px) 100vw, 640px” /> The works of Kitagawa Utamaro (1753-1806) are known for the beautiful paintings characterized by delicate and elegant lines. He has earned a wide reputation as a <a href=”https://www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/paintings/ukiyoe”>ukiyo-e</a> artist internationally renowned as Toshusai Sharaku (?-?), Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849), and Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858). Related Posts Biography and artworks of Kitagawa Utamaro Biography and artworks of Katsushika Hokusai Biography and artworks of Utagawa Hiroshige He painted the town girls with very lively figures as well as the prostitutes and courtesans. He then omitted a body part from the beauty’s Read more about Best selection of Kitagawa Utamaro’s prints on Amazon[…]

Japanese samurai warrior woodblock prints (musha-e of ukiyo-e)

The heroes for the people of Edo with ukiyoe woodblock prints Kabuki and <a href=”https://www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/paintings/ukiyoe-wood-block-printing/ukiyoe”>ukiyo-e</a> are the amenities for the townspeople in Edo period (1603-1683). Samurai and ancient battle were one of the popular themes of the theatrical performance and woodblock printing. The stories of samurai made them excited and grieved same as today.    Though there were countless ukiyo-e artists in Edo period, not all of them drew the pictures of samurai, musha-e (武者絵). The only artists who were good at expressing their bravery and painfulness with impressive pictures. Especially Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1798-1861) and his disciple Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892).  Okumura Masanobu (1686-1764) Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1798-1861) Watanabe Shizuma Nakamura Masatatsu Tominomori Masakata Honjo Shigenaga parriying an exploding shell Read more about Japanese samurai warrior woodblock prints (musha-e of ukiyo-e)[…]

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Hokusai’s Dragon painting on the festival float

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Hokusai’s outstanding Dragon painting in Obuse, Nagano Prefecture <img width=”600″ height=”600″ src=”https://www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/600px-Hokusai_Dragon.jpg” alt=”” srcset=”https://i2.wp.com/www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/600px-Hokusai_Dragon.jpg?w=600&amp;ssl=1 600w, https://i2.wp.com/www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/600px-Hokusai_Dragon.jpg?resize=150%2C150&amp;ssl=1 150w, https://i2.wp.com/www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/600px-Hokusai_Dragon.jpg?resize=300%2C300&amp;ssl=1 300w, https://i2.wp.com/www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/600px-Hokusai_Dragon.jpg?resize=250%2C250&amp;ssl=1 250w, https://i2.wp.com/www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/600px-Hokusai_Dragon.jpg?resize=174%2C174&amp;ssl=1 174w” sizes=”(max-width: 600px) 100vw, 600px” /> The painting of “Dragon” on the ceiling of the festival float of Higashimachi is owned by  <a href=”https://hokusai-kan.com/en/”>Hokusai Museum</a> in Obuse City. <a href=”https://www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/paintings/ukiyoe-wood-block-printing/katsushika-hokusai/hokusai-life-paintings”>Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849)</a> visited the small city four times. Even at the first visit, he was over eighty (the average life span of Japanese people at that time was about thirty-four!). “Dragon” and “Phoenix” was the artworks which he painted at his second visit. The “Phoenix” painting on the Higashimachi festival float led to “Phoenix that glares in all directions” on the Read more about Hokusai’s Dragon painting on the festival float[…]

Katsushika Hokusai’s dragon and fuji scroll painting

The meaning of 「富士越龍図」(Dragon over Mt. Fuji)     Hokusai’s later years artwork The great painter and woodblock printmaker Katsushika Hokusai died April 18th, 1849. He was 90 years old at the time. According to the record,      翁 死に臨み大息し 天我をして十年の命を長らわしめば といい 暫くして更に言いて曰く 天我をして五年の命を保たしめば 真正の画工となるを得(う)べし と言吃りて死す   ‘On his deathbed, he breathed deeply and said “If the heaven let me live ten more years…”, then continued after a while “If the heaven let me preserve my life five more years, I could become a real artist.”‘       Dragon and Mt. Fuji Hokusai drew “Dragon over Mt. Fuji” in the same year when he died. The painting is Read more about Katsushika Hokusai’s dragon and fuji scroll painting[…]

Hokusai Manga (Sketch) ukiyo-e book by Katsushika Hokusai

“Hokusai Manga” which influenced Impressionist     The sketch for the pupils but… When Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) was 52 years old, he drew more than 300 sketches at his pupil’s home. And the publisher Eirakudo published the first “Hokusai Manga” in 1814. Though Hokusai intended to show his art technique for his pupils, the book became popular also among the people.         The series of “Hokusai Manga” had been published up to 15 volumes even after Hokusai died until 1878. The number of the sketches are about 4000.    Learn about Katsushika Hokusai’s biography and facts                   “Manga” means comic Read more about Hokusai Manga (Sketch) ukiyo-e book by Katsushika Hokusai[…]

Check the woodblock prints of Kawase Hasui with posters on Amazon

Outstanding woodblock artist Kawase Hasui   Kawase Hasui (1883-1957) is an ukiyo-e artist, woodblock printmaker in Taisho and Showa Period in Japan. His real name is Kawase Bunjiro.   He was one of the artists who established Shin-hanga (new ukiyo-e woodblock prints) including Yoshida Hiroshi, Ito Shinsui, Takahashi Shotei, and Tsuchiya Koitsu. They worked artistic activity to revive the declined Japanese ukiyo-e.  He expresses Japanese beautiful landscapes richly and people call him as “Travelling mood poet” “Travelling Printmaker” “Utagawa Hiroshige of Showa”. Hasui gets a high evaluation abroad rather than in the country. Of course, Katsushika Hokusai or Utagawa Hiroshige is famous in Japan but the many Japanese people don’t know Read more about Check the woodblock prints of Kawase Hasui with posters on Amazon[…]

Utagawa Hiroshige’s “Hakone, the view of Ashinoko Lake” landscape ukiyo-e print

“Hakone, the view of Ashinoko Lake” from Fifty-Three Stages on the Tokaido   It is a masterpiece Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858)‘s artworks painted by a combination of various colors and unusual shapes of Mt Hakone. The ancient Japanese people called Hakone Pass as “The most precipitous in the country, the abyssal ravine”.   Hiroshige drew the overflowing mountain with the overwhelming sense of volume, which express the difficulty to cross the pass.   On the lower right, the Daimyo’s procession goes down the narrow and steep slope in a row. With colors like a mosaic, the extremely deformed Mt. Hakone sticks out to Lake Ashinoko with a steep gradient.   We can Read more about Utagawa Hiroshige’s “Hakone, the view of Ashinoko Lake” landscape ukiyo-e print[…]