A Ukiyoe is a kind of Japanese traditional woodblock print which was born and developed in Edo period from 16th -19th century when Japan was still a country that keep its door closed to the world. The subject of this kind of paintings usually be the daily life of people, natural views and the famous actress or Sumo Wrestlers. It went into mass production in the middle of the 16th century because of the development of woodblock production techniques, which made it much easier for people to appreciate Ukiyoe in their daily life just like people reading a magazine in nowadays. Under the influence of Ukiyoe, a special art style called Japanism became famous in Europe especially in the French painting circle from the middle of the 19th century and those famous master painters like Monet, Vincent van Gogh, Lott Lake, Renoir and Degas, all of them have some pieces of works which were created under the influence of Ukiyoe.
Katsushika Hokusai（1760-1849）is one of the most famous Ukiyoe painters. It is said that he had created more than 30 thousand pieces of works in total. Talking about the style of his works, we have to mention their superior design and composition. For example, in his representative work, the serial print Fugaku Sanjurokkei which shows the different views of Mount. Fuji overlooked from different locations of the Kanto region of Japan. But if you go to those places by yourself you may find that you can not actually see the Mount. Fuji from those locations. In most paintings of this series, the Mount. Fuji is not the main but just the background which stand quietly far away from the subject. It seems that those paintings are not actually about Mount. Fuji but the expression of people’s daily life even though Mount. Fuji appears in every painting. But the triangular Mount. Fuji Katsushika Hokusai added in the paintings just bring a geometric beauty to the whole composition which is his creative special design.
Sumida Hokusai Museum also exhibits the manga of Hokusai which is called the origin of Manga besides the woodblock prints. Why not visiting Hokusai Museum to enjoy his beautiful and interesting painting.
Sumida Hokusai Museum
Address： 2-7 Kamezawa, Sumida-Ku, Tokyo
Access： Toei Oedo Line Riogoku Station, 5-minute-walk.
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