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12th July, 2022(Tue)~31st August, 2022(Wed)

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Katsushika Hokusai "The Lone Fisherman at Kajikazawa"
Unframed print 13,000yen

This print is one of Hokusai's most successful series, "Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji" and called Aizuri-e which means printed only in shades of blue. The print shows two streams flowing violently into each other, a fisherman on a rugged rock casting his net and the peak of Mt.Fuji soaring out of the morning mist. This is a masterpiece that depicts both the beauty and severity of nature.>> Details

Katsushika Hokusai The Lone Fisherman at Kajikazawa

Points of interest



Popularity of Imported Indigo and Birth of Aizuri-e
With the advent of the imported synthetic pigment "Prussian blue," a genre of ukiyo-e called "Aizuri-e," which means pictures printed only in shades of blue, gained immense popularity. It is said that the first artist to draw an aizuri-e was Keisai Eisen, a popular ukiyo-e artist who was Hokusai's apprentice.

Masterpiece of Aizuri-e
The bright and transparent color that became known as "bero-ai" allowed artists to capture the sky and water, the essential elements of nature.
Hokusai's iconic art piece "Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji" also began as a series of aizuri-e and "The Lone Fisherman at Kajikazawa" is considered as one of Aizuri-e masterpieces in the series. The peak of Mount Fuji appears from behind a light mist. The mountain is depicted using two kinds of blue - "hon-ai" (indigo) used to draw the outline, and "bero-ai" (Prussian blue) used to express a delicate blue that looks almost transparent. The shading used for the sky gives a mystic aura to the entire piece.

Other seasonal Ukiyo-e

The Lone Fisherman at Kajikazawa

Katsushika Hokusai
"The Lone Fisherman at Kajikazawa"

The Tamagawa in Musashi Province

Katsushika Hokusai
"The Tamagawa in Musashi Province"

Fireworks at Ryogoku

Utagawa Hiroshige
"Fireworks at Ryogoku"

Lily

Katsushika Hokusai
"Lily"

Loquat and Bird

Utagawa Hiroshige
"Loquat and Bird"

Red Fuji

Katsushika Hokusai
"Red Fuji"


The Amida Falls in the Far Reaches of the Kisokaido Road

Katsushika Hokusai
"The Amida Falls in the Far Reaches of the Kisokaido Road"

In the Mountains of Izu Province

Utagawa Hiroshige
"In the Mountains of Izu Province"

Loquat and Bird

Utagawa Hiroshige
"Morning-Glories"

Catching Fireflies

Eishosai Choki
"Catching Fireflies"



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