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[…]

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[…]