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[…]

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 Shiba, Tokyo in 1883 and had a real name of Bunjiro. At the age of 14, he had been taught a Japanese painting by Aoyagi Bokusen(青柳墨川), a disciple of Kawabata Gyokusho(川端玉章), then Araki Kanyu(荒木寛友).   However, at that time, opposed by his parents, he stopped studying pictures in one or two years. After that, Bunjiro helped the Read more about Kawase Hasui:biography, woodblock prints artworks and for sale[…]

Utagawa Kuniyoshi:biography, ukiyo-e prints of samurai and other artworks

Utagawa Kuniyoshi(1797-1861) Utagawa Kuniyoshi (歌川国芳) was one of the ukiyo-e artists who worked extensively as a member of Utagawa School, along with Hiroshige (広重) and Kunisada (国貞).    He established a unique world not found in other ukiyo-e artists. His talent of paint could be compared to Katsushika Hokusai(葛飾北斎). And thorough the life, he was a totally opposite person to Kunisada.      Kuniyoshi was born as a son of a dyeing shop in Nihonbashi, Edo. He was interested in painting from his young age and used to practice paintings as imitating the artworks of Kitao Shigemasa(北尾重政) and Kitao Masayoshi(北尾政美).    When he was 15, he became a disciple of the first Utagawa Toyokuni(初代歌川豊国). However, unlike Kunisada, as a typical Read more about Utagawa Kuniyoshi:biography, ukiyo-e prints of samurai and other artworks[…]

Utagawa Kunisada(the third Toyokuni), his biography and woodblock prints

The biography and woodblock prints of Utagawa Kunisada(1786-1865) Utagawa Kunisada(歌川国貞) was the one of the most popular ukiyo-e artists at the end of the Tokugawa period as well as Utagawa Kuniyoshi(歌川国芳), among the disciples of the first Toyokuni(豊国). In contrast to his younger disciple, he was a serious person and always neatly dressed.   Sponsored Links       [/su_animate]         Back to the page of ukiyo-e

Artist Toshusai Sharaku’s kabuki ukiyo-e art print and reprints for sale

Toshusai Sharaku(東洲斎写楽) It was only ten months between 1794 and 1795 that Toshusai Sharaku worked as an ukiyo-e painter. But in the meantime, he has left over 140 kabuki actor portraits.   Mysterious ukiyo-e artist Although many people made various theories who Sharaku was, no one can’t find any definitive proof. Only limited people, such as the publisher Tsutaya Juzaburo (蔦屋重三郎)  who also published the pictures of Kitagawa Utamaro and Katsushika Hokusai knew the identity.   Except for some of the sumo wrestlers, most of his paintings were Yakusha-e(pictures depicting popular kabuki actors).    Especially the painting using the same method as Utamaro’s beautiful women portrait ookubi-e(大首絵) had the power to overwhelm the others. Toshusai Sharaku drew the Read more about Artist Toshusai Sharaku’s kabuki ukiyo-e art print and reprints for sale[…]

Kitagawa Utamaro; biography and print artworks

Biography of Kitagawa Utamaro(1753?-1806) When talking about portraying beautiful women of ukiyo-e prints, we can’t describe it without touching on Kitagawa Utamaro (喜多川歌麿). He developed the new ways to draw Edo women and it made him as a maestro of bijinga(printing of beautiful women portrait).         It is unclear when and where he was born exactly but the most experts think his birthplace as Edo(Tokyo). From the beginning, he had the family name Kitagawa but the different kanji “北川”.     He studied the drawing under Toriyama Sekien(鳥山石燕), who produced the famous ukiyo-e artworks of the monsters, in his childhood.    In 1775, he experienced the working of ukiyo-e, “Forty-eight Famous Read more about Kitagawa Utamaro; biography and print artworks[…]

Utagawa Hiroshige: biography and woodblock print artworks

Biography of Utagawa(Ando) Hiroshige(1797-1858)     The outstanding ukiyo-e artist, Utagawa (Ando) Hiroshige<歌川(安藤) 広重> was born in 1797 as the son of the official fire fighter Ando Gen-emon. His landscape woodblock printings took many Edo citizens all over Japan. However, he was not from the class of tradesmen and artisans.       Ando family belonged to the class of samurai.  The eldest son Tokutaro(Hiroshige’s childhood name)  should have succeeded his father’s job, but he really liked to draw pictures.   In 1809, he lost parents and inherited the work of fire fighter to make a living when he was only 13. It is said that the atmosphere of loneliness in his ukiyo-e artworks is influenced by having Read more about Utagawa Hiroshige: biography and woodblock print artworks[…]