Katsushika Hokusai

Learn about ukiyo-e woodblock! Definition, history, famous artists and prints

What is a “ukiyo-e”? An introduction to Japanese woodblock printing Ukiyo-e  (pronounciation:uː.ˈki.oʊ.ˌeɪ, uːˌkiːjəʊˈeɪ. 浮世絵 in kanji) is essential field in Japanese art . The art never developed without the common people of the Edo Period.   Sponsored Links   It is said that the beginning of the ukiyo-e, the Japanese art of woodblock printings, is the pictures of Kyoto …

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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 ukiyo-e museums in Tokyo.

Art museums exhibiting Japanese wood prints in Tokyo There are about 1100 museums in Japan, but not many places to do a permanent exhibition of ukiyo-e. Meanwhile, some individual or public museums in Tokyo constantly exhibit ukiyo-e.     This museum has about 14,000 ukiyo-e prints such as Katsushika Hokusai, Kitagawa Utamaro, Utagawa Hiroshige, including about 12,000 pieces collected …

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Hokusai’s waterfalls ukiyo-e artworks and the art prints for sale

“A Tour of the Waterfalls of the Provinces” (諸国瀧廻り) Just after the success of  <a title=”The print gallery of “Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji” 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>, popular <a title=”Ukiyo-e – Japanese prints: famous artists, history and for sale” href=”http://www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/paintings/ukiyoe-wood-block-printing/ukiyoe”>ukiyo-e</a> artist among Edo people, <a title=”Katsushika Hokusai and his ukiyo-e artworks collection” href=”http://www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/paintings/ukiyoe-wood-block-printing/katsushika-hokusai/hokusai-life-paintings”><strong>Katsushika …

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Hokusai’s horror ghosts artworks (ukiyo-e)

The series of “A hundred horror stories” prints <a title=”Katsushika Hokusai and his ukiyo-e artworks collection” href=”http://www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/paintings/ukiyoe-wood-block-printing/katsushika-hokusai/hokusai-life-paintings”><strong>Katsushika Hokusai</strong> (1760-1849)</a> began to deal with “A hundred horror stories”(Hyaku-monogatari/百物語) in1831. He used the painting name of “Iitsu”(為一) as the signature. Hyakumonogatari was the traditional way of a gathering to speak and hear ghost stories.  As the title represents, he and the …

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Japanese wave arts “Oceans of Wisdom” by Katsushika Hokusai

The Japanese wave arts of “Oceans of Wisdom “(One Thousand Images of the Sea) After the finish of “Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji” (富嶽三十六景), the star ukiyo-e artist Katsushika Hokusai started the new series of the Japanese wave arts “One Thousand Images of the Sea” (Oceans of Wisdom,千絵の海) in 1833.  He had mainly depicted the combination of …

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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 …

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