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

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” srcset=”https://i1.wp.com/www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/317px-Hokusai_portrait.jpg?w=317&amp;ssl=1 317w, https://i1.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> Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) must be the most famous Japanese woodblock printing (ukiyo-e) artist around the world. So, do you know how to pronounce “Katsushika Hokusai”?</p>https://youtu.be/xULcUEBEo7g<p>His art works of images including <em><a title=”The Great Wave Off Kanagawa by Hokusai” href=”http://www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/paintings/ukiyoe-wood-block-printing/katsushika-hokusai/great-wave-off-kanagawa”>The Great Off Kanagawa (The Great Wave)</a></em> and other prints of “<a title=”Fuji arts ukiyo-e by Hokusai” href=”http://www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/paintings/ukiyoe-wood-block-printing/katsushika-hokusai/thirty-six-views-of-mount-fuji-hokusai”>Thirty-Six Views of Mount. Fuji</a>” influenced Western artists Vincent van Gogh, Edgar Degas and Henri Rivière.</p> <figure> <a href=”https://www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/597437a2035f6cfb3ca4d7e4194eef6b.jpg” data-elementor-open-lightbox=”default”> <img width=”519″ height=”376″ src=”https://www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/597437a2035f6cfb3ca4d7e4194eef6b.jpg” alt=”” srcset=”https://i1.wp.com/www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/597437a2035f6cfb3ca4d7e4194eef6b.jpg?w=519&amp;ssl=1 519w, https://i1.wp.com/www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/597437a2035f6cfb3ca4d7e4194eef6b.jpg?resize=300%2C217&amp;ssl=1 300w” Read more about Ukiyo-e artist Katsushika Hokusai:biography, facts, and artworks[…]

All ’53 Stages on the Tokaido’ art prints by Utagawa Hiroshige is here

The masterpiece arts of Utagawa Hiroshige, “Fifty-Three Stages on the Tokaido”   Utagawa (Ando) Hiroshige led the field of landscape printing in ukiyo-e. Especially, “Fifty-Three Stages on the Tokaido” is one of the most highly regarded woodblock printings series in Japanese art.                       When he started to draw the paintings around 1833, “Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji” , by the most famous ukiyo-e artist Katsushika Hokusai, depicted the Japanese symbolic mountain was had dominated ukiyo-e market.   Thanks in partly to the popularity of the landscape printings, “Fifty-Three Stages on the Tokaido” really rang the bell and he became the sought-after artist in Edo Period.   Read more about All ’53 Stages on the Tokaido’ art prints by Utagawa Hiroshige is here[…]

Japanese ink painting:”Landscapes of Autumn and Winter” by Sesshu

“Landscapes of Autumn and Winter”     Sesshu (1420‐1506) was a Zen priest in the late period of the Muromachi Period. And he established Japanese ink paintings (a kind of sumi-e painting, an art expressing only with the light and shade of black ink). The sumi-e painting is one of the “Sabi” world in Japanese culture.   Related Post Wabi and Sabi, Japanese unique sense of art   Sesshu learned the ink painting techniques from Shubun (?-?). But hoping for a larger scale picture, he traveled to China. Then he mastered the ink art of the South Sung style and Zhe School, and created his own style.   Like these Read more about Japanese ink painting:”Landscapes of Autumn and Winter” by Sesshu[…]

Tawaraya Sotatsu, Fujin and Raijin

Tawaraya Sotatsu, “The Folding Screen of Fujin and Raijin”

“The Folding Screen of Fujin and Raijin (God of Wind and Thunder)” <a href=”https://www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/1024px-Fujinraijin-tawaraya.jpg” data-elementor-open-lightbox=”default”> <img width=”640″ height=”284″ src=”https://www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/1024px-Fujinraijin-tawaraya-1024×455.jpg” alt=”Tawaraya Sotatsu, Fujin and Raijin” srcset=”https://i0.wp.com/www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/1024px-Fujinraijin-tawaraya.jpg?w=1024&amp;ssl=1 1024w, https://i0.wp.com/www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/1024px-Fujinraijin-tawaraya.jpg?resize=300%2C133&amp;ssl=1 300w, https://i0.wp.com/www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/1024px-Fujinraijin-tawaraya.jpg?resize=768%2C341&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 /> Tawaraya Sotatsu (?-?) was a painter in the early Edo period. He had a strong influence on Ogata Korin (1658-1716), who created the stream of Rimpa School. The Kano School, including Kano Eitoku(1543-1590), which had the strong relationship with those in power of the warrior class since the Muromachi Period. But he painted a picture for the court nobles and wealthy townspeople. This picture is one Read more about Tawaraya Sotatsu, “The Folding Screen of Fujin and Raijin”[…]

Ogata Korin’s Irises on Folding Screen

“Irises at Yatsuhashi” (Eight Bridges) by Ogata Kōrin Ogata Kōrin (1658–1716) turned to a painter at the age of 35. And he succeeded the art style of Tawaraya Sotatsu (?-?). Kōrin became an official painter of the court in 1701. This picture is just after the honor. It is a work in which the irises were drawn on a golden screen. This elegant flower painting is a design that had been from the Muromachi Period as a motif to recall a scene of Ise-Monogatari, and he also used it for the lacquer work and inkstone before the folding screen. The mineral pigments were used for coloring in blue(ultramarine) and green (verditer) which clearly Read more about Ogata Korin’s Irises on Folding Screen[…]

The Folding Screen Painting of Cypress by Kano Eitoku

“The folding screen painting of Chinese lions “(唐獅子図屏風絵) <a href=”https://www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/1024px-Kano_Eitoku_-_Cypress_Trees.jpg” data-elementor-open-lightbox=”default”> <img width=”640″ height=”240″ src=”https://www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/1024px-Kano_Eitoku_-_Cypress_Trees-1024×384.jpg” alt=”” srcset=”https://i0.wp.com/www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/1024px-Kano_Eitoku_-_Cypress_Trees.jpg?w=1024&amp;ssl=1 1024w, https://i0.wp.com/www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/1024px-Kano_Eitoku_-_Cypress_Trees.jpg?resize=300%2C113&amp;ssl=1 300w, https://i0.wp.com/www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/1024px-Kano_Eitoku_-_Cypress_Trees.jpg?resize=768%2C288&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 /> Kano Eitoku (1543-1590) was active painter in the Azuchi-Momoyama period, the end of the Japanese Age of the Civil War. As his artworks, “The folding screen painting of cypress” is famous as well as “The folding screen painting of Chinese lions “   Related Post “The folding screen painting of Chinese lions “ by Kano Eitoku   However, he originally drew this picture on a sliding door instead Read more about The Folding Screen Painting of Cypress by Kano Eitoku[…]

Famous Japanese art painting, chinese lions by Kano Eitoku

The Folding Screen Painting of Chinese Lions by Kano Eitoku

“The folding screen painting of Chinese lions “(唐獅子図屏風絵) <a href=”https://www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Kano_Eitoku_002.jpg” data-elementor-open-lightbox=”default”> <img width=”640″ height=”322″ src=”https://www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Kano_Eitoku_002-1024×515.jpg” alt=”Famous Japanese art painting, chinese lions by Kano Eitoku” srcset=”https://i1.wp.com/www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Kano_Eitoku_002.jpg?resize=1024%2C515&amp;ssl=1 1024w, https://i1.wp.com/www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Kano_Eitoku_002.jpg?resize=300%2C151&amp;ssl=1 300w, https://i1.wp.com/www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Kano_Eitoku_002.jpg?resize=768%2C386&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i1.wp.com/www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Kano_Eitoku_002.jpg?resize=400%2C200&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i1.wp.com/www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Kano_Eitoku_002.jpg?w=1099&amp;ssl=1 1099w” 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 /> It is a painting by Kano Eitoku (1543-1590), a representative painter of the Azuchi-Momoyama Period. He drew two shishis (lions) that most people have not seen though there were no zoo in Japan at that time. He did not see an actual lion and depicted it. A shishi (獅子), which was regarded as a symbol of Read more about The Folding Screen Painting of Chinese Lions by Kano Eitoku[…]

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 river on the left-side. The droplets are drawn with the white small points and give a refreshing feeling for the screen of the ukiyo-e.   The whole impression of the woodblock print art is tense by the dark brown of Mt. Fuji, the deep blue of the mountain next to it, and the green of the trees tighten. It Read more about The back of Fuji from the Minobu River by Katsushika Hokusai[…]

Katsushika Hokusai’s art, ‘Kajikazawa in Kai Province’

45.Kajikazawa in Kai Province       At first glance, it seems that the raging waves of the sea are striking on the shore. But Kai Province, the current place of Yamanashi Prefecture, is inland.    Fuji River in the picture, the two rivers(Kamanashi River and Fuefuki River) join together shortly before this point, and a large quantity of water current stream.   The fishermen standing on the rock is absolutely still, whereas water beats against rocks and bubbles express energy. It’s really contrastive opposite ukiyo-e print.   Both the ridgeline of Mt. Fuji, and the rock and fishing line, create triangles and become a geometric pattern.   It receives a high reputation abroad, but originally Read more about Katsushika Hokusai’s art, ‘Kajikazawa in Kai Province’[…]

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 front of the image, and the outlines of Lake Suwa are drawn in parallel with it. It is a ukiyo-e artwork skillfully used the perspective technique.   In front of Mt. Fuji which is small but clearly visible, Takamatsu Castle pushes out into the lake.         Previous   Next     Back to the gallery of “Thirty-Six Views of Read more about Katsushika Hokusai’s art print ‘Lake Suwa in Shinano Province’[…]

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