The Great Wave off Kanagawa / Hokusai Katsushika - Kanagawa Okinamiura

Product ID
0178
Name
Hokusai Katsushika
Profile

1760-1849
Ukiyo-e artist

Size
485mm x 620mm
Roller End Material
Red sandalwood
Material of the Work
Chemical fiber
Stock Condition
In Stock
Description

“Fugaku Sanjuurokkei” (Thirty-six Sceneries of Mt. Fuji) by Hokusai Katsushika (1760-1849) around 1831 won great popularity thanks to the worship of Mt. Fuji commoners. Borrowing the technique of Western-style painting, they were drawn using perspective, and printed with Persian-blue ink called “Bero ai,” which was popular at that time. Hokusai’s creativity was so fresh that you wouldn’t believe he was over 70 years old, and he produced enthusiastically these works about Mt. Fuji, whose scenery and atmosphere change variously depending on time and place. His position as a painter became solidified through the works and these works recreated an impression of Ukiyo-e prints of landscapes along with “The 53 Stations of The Toukaidou Road” by Hiroshige Utagawa. These works were extremely significant in regards of enhancing the existing value of landscapes. The dynamic wave movement in this work really attracts us, and this piercing work is very famous as Hokusai’s masterpiece. This work is a view of Mt. Fuji from the coast of Honmoku in Yokohama. This work is so famous all over the world that it is virtually synonymous with Ukiyo-e. The wave makes us feel that Mt.Fuji is small, which should be big and magnificent. In addition, the wave’s splashes almost appear alive, while the oarsmen on the boats being tossed about by the wave are stiff as if they were rag dolls in contrast. This juxtaposition between the wave and the oarsmen are, even today, so fresh and interesting. These expressions convey both stillness and movement, that is to say the ruthlessness of Mt. Fuji and the powerlessness of human beings, which are implied by the dynamic wave. The Western shadow method by gradation of indigo ink is used in this work. The expression combines the Japanese traditional expression of the crest of a wave, which imparts high decorative effects and dynamics to the work. In addition, the splendid contrasting indigo and white is also very effective. It is interesting that the sky is expressed with modest color to accentuate the wave.
Hokusai had a great impact on many Western impressionist artists such as Vincent Van Gogh, who saw it and later praised it in a letter to a fellow painter. Claude Debussy, who got an idea from ”The Wave off Kanagawa,” composed the symphonic poem “La Mer (The Sea).”
The work is owned in home and abroad in famous museums, and it can be said that the work is a worldwide masterpiece of painting, influencing present-day artists even now.

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 The Japanese people have long set a high value on aesthetic senses since ancient times. As a result, the
peculiar culture which is not seen in other countries blossomed and many aspects of the modern Japanese
culture come from it. Parts of Japanese culture has been introduced to people in other countries recently,
so the number of people from other countries who are interested in Japanese culture has been increasing.
However, the Japanese aesthetic senses, which are the bases of Japanese culture, have been nurtured
through a long history, intertwining various elements intricately, such as climate, geographical features,
religion, customs and so on. Therefore, they are very difficult to understand not only for people from other
countries, but even for the Japanese people. I think the best tool which conveys these difficult senses
understandably is a “kakejiku.”
 The kakejiku (a hanging scroll; a work of calligraphy or a painting which is mounted and hung in an
alcove or on a wall) is a traditional Japanese art. It's no exaggeration to say that paintings are what
express aesthetic senses at all times and places. The kakejiku is an art which expresses the Japanese
aesthetic senses. The kakejiku has long been used in traditional Japanese events, daily life and so on since
ancient times. As a result, there are various customs of kakejiku in Japan; kakejiku and the life of the
Japanese are closely related. We can see Japanese values through kakejiku.
 The kakejiku is a cultural tradition which the Japanese people should be proud of. However, many people
in other countries don't know much about it because it hasn't been showcased as much. This is why I
decided to try to introduce it. The kakejiku world is very interesting and beautiful. We want not only the
Japanese, but also many people from other countries to know and enjoy it. I hope that many people will
love kakejiku someday.

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