“Shell Gathering” painted by Katsushika Hokusai

"Shell Gathering" by Katsushika Hokusai

The theme of clamming is often depicted in ukiyo-e. This work is well drawn to the end, and the mountains in the distance are casually eye-catching. Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) painted the mountains on the right side of the picture in the style of an ink painting. The mountains on the left, however, are painted in a Western-style. The sticky sky is also reminiscent of Western-style paintings in Japan at that time. In other words, this work uses Japanese, Chinese, and European paintings. It is hard to say whether it is a whim or a deliberate intention, but there is no doubt that this is a masterpiece that conveys a part of Hokusai’s extraordinary study of painting techniques.

Title: Shell Gathering

Author: Katsushika Hokusai

Year: Early 19th century

Size: 86.3cm×54.3cm

Related artworks

If you want to enjoy Japanese artworks of painting, print, and craft everyday, check the Twitter account of Masterpiece of Japan!

You can also see the tweets on the sidebar!