Katsushika Hokusai

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 …

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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 …

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Ukiyo-e artist Katsushika Hokusai:biography, facts, and works

Katsushika Hokusai who created the famous great wave painting <figure> <img width=”317″ height=”599″ src=”https://www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/317px-Hokusai_portrait.jpg” alt=”Katsushika Hokusai self-portrait” loading=”lazy” srcset=”https://i2.wp.com/www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/317px-Hokusai_portrait.jpg?w=317&amp;ssl=1 317w, https://i2.wp.com/www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/317px-Hokusai_portrait.jpg?resize=159%2C300&amp;ssl=1 159w” sizes=”(max-width: 317px) 100vw, 317px” /> <figcaption>Katsushika Hokusai self-portrait</figcaption> </figure> <a href=”https://www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/artworks-of-katsushika-hokusai”>Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849)</a> must be the most famous Japanese woodblock printing (<a href=”https://www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/paintings/ukiyoe”>ukiyo-e</a>) artist around the world. So, do you know how to …

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Katsushika Hokusai’s original Phoenix painting in Obuse City

The painting of Phoenix that glares in all directions by Katsushika Hokusai <img width=”606″ height=”599″ src=”https://www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/606px-Hokusai_Phoenix.jpg” alt=”” srcset=”https://i1.wp.com/www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/606px-Hokusai_Phoenix.jpg?w=606&amp;ssl=1 606w, https://i1.wp.com/www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/606px-Hokusai_Phoenix.jpg?resize=300%2C297&amp;ssl=1 300w” sizes=”(max-width: 606px) 100vw, 606px” /> In 1843, a great painter visited the small village Obuse in Shinshu (today’s Nagano Prefecture). The place where you can see the painting of Phoenix even today.  Hokusai and …

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The back of Fuji from the Minobu River by Katsushika Hokusai

46.The back of Fuji from the Minobu       The road that the travelers and horses are walking run down to the Kuonji temple, the head temple of Nichiren sect. Some of them are likely to be on their way to the temple.   They are surrounded by rugged rocky mountains, and see the overlapping waves of the …

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Katsushika Hokusai’s art print ‘Lake Suwa in Shinano Province’

44.Lake Suwa in Shinano Province     In the first edition, it was a woodblock printing of a single indigo color. But every time running into several editions, green and light scarlet was added. Hereby the picture became an emotional landscape of the evening.   There is a rocky place where the shrine and two Japanese pine stands in …

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Katsushika Hoklusai’s artworks ‘Dawn at Isawa in Kai Province’

43.Dawn at Isawa in Kai Province     Isawa is a place famous as a sightseeing spot of hot springs today, originally developed as a postal station on the Koshu Highway.   There are people who are preparing for the trip and about to depart from the station under the slightly reddish sky of the dawn.   …

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‘Mount Fuji reflects in Lake Kawaguchi’ by Katsushika Hokusai

42.Mount Fuji reflects in Lake Kawaguchi, seen from the Misaka Pass in Kai Province     Mt. Fuji drawn from the north side looks more precipitous than any other prints in the Japanese woodcut print series of “Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji”.   Katsushika Hokusai(1760-1849) provided the original ideas to this quiet and silent ukiyo-e art.   First of …

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Katsushika Hokusai’s art, Inume Pass, Kōshū

41.Inume Pass, in Kai Province There was a post-town on the pass, and it was located on the Koshu Highway between the current Uenohara-shi and Otsuki-shi Yamanashi prefecture. The ukiyo-e artwork shows that the color of light vegetation is the early summer season, and the travelers walk ahead of massive Mt. Fuji.By the small persons and horses walking the …

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