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

Katsushika Hokusai who created the famous great wave painting Katsushika Hokusai must be the most famous Japanese woodblock printing (ukiyo-e) artist around the world. How to pronounce “Katsushika Hokusai”   His art works of images including The Great Off Kanagawa (The Great Wave) and other prints of “Thirty-Six Views of Mount. Fuji” influenced Western artists Vincent van Gogh, Edgar Degas and Henri Rivière.           His printmaking works still have inspired the artists and the creators. In 1960, celebrating his 200th birth anniversary, he was honored as the cultural master in the world.(learn about Japanese painting by the early modern)           In 1760, Katsushika Hokusai was born in Honjo, Edo. Read more about Ukiyo-e artist Katsushika Hokusai:biography, facts, and artworks[…]

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)”   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 of his masterpieces. Tawaraya Sotatsu drew liberal lines and rich expressions of the gods. He proved that he established a free style of painting with the folding screen art.   Sotatsu made a space in the middle of the screen and placed Read more about Tawaraya Sotatsu, “The Folding Screen of Fujin and Raijin”[…]

Ogata Korin’s Folding Screen of Irises

  “The Folding Screen of Irises” Ogata Korin turned to a painter at the age of 35. He succeeded the art style of Tawaraya Sotatsu(?-?). And he became an official painter of the court in 1701. This picture is just after the honor. Sponsored Links       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 Folding Screen of Irises[…]