Category Archives: Hokusai

Bandits, Brigands and Warlords.

Kuniyoshi, The 108 Heroes of the Popular Suikoden: Du Qian, the Sky Toucher, 1827 Perhaps we should look at these tremendous Japanese prints of fighting men – heroic or tragic figures… bound as they are in myth and history – … Continue reading

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Portraits in Series in Japanese Prints

Kunisada, Both Sides of the Leaf, Past and Present, 1855 Anyone starting out collecting Japanese prints will be struck by the prevalence of enigmatic portraits, three-quarter length images of actors, usually in role and set against either a landscape background … Continue reading

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Tattoo You – The Continuing Debt To Ukiyo-e

The newspapers have been very full of risque images from the 13th International London Tattoo Convention . It’s a huge event, tattoos cover any number of different body types, body parts and genders and there seems no end to the … Continue reading

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The Beautiful Image of Fuji Appearing in an Awning…

Kuniyoshi’s Virtuous Women for the Eight Views analysed and how Hokusai’s Mount Fuji appears in the awning. Continue reading

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Why Does Everyone Hate Jonathan Jones?

I am adding this post as an addition to our recent ‘scoop’ on the exciting prospect that the little known carnival float designed, painted and carved by Hokusai may be loaned to the British Museum for its forthcoming show of … Continue reading

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Will the British Museum be Host to Hokusai’s Kammachi Festival Float in May 2017?

The photograph at the top of this article appears at first glance to be a detail from the  famous woodblock print by the nineteenth century Japanese artist, Katsushika Hokusai: Kanagawami-oki nami-ura… The Great Wave, or its transliterated name, Under the … Continue reading

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Now you see it, Now you Can’t… Shunga at the British Museum

I guess that my first exposure to Japanese prints would have been in the 1970’s. At that time there was little or no interest in Japanese art in England. There was however a publishing frenzy on the subject of erotica. … Continue reading

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Marks and Spencer and the Landscape Tradition

I was struck by the current billboard advertisements for retailer Marks and Spencer this week. It depicts seven successful British women dressed in M&S casual wear in front of an eighteenth century style landscape of rolling hills, coppiced woodland and … Continue reading

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The Enigmatic Japanese Cuckoo

For those familiar with, or interested in Japanese woodblock prints, the image of the falling cuckoo (above) will perhaps be familiar but perplexing. This enigmatic bird, drawn identically each time, appears in woodblock prints from the early 1830’s right into … Continue reading

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The Pachyderm in the Room – Kuniyoshi’s Elephant

The elephant has long presented artists of all genres with a problem. The elephant is exotic, clearly enormous and spectacular but in captivity it lacks the dynamism, the heroism that its reputation suggests. Very few artists have successfully represented the … Continue reading

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