Hokusai Mounted Woodblock Inebriated Beauty

A beautifully rendered image of a geisha, drunk and sleeping on her shamisen box. An empty lacquerware sake bowl stands nearby.  Her Obi is draped over the shamisen box and her garments fall loosely around her, indicating her inebriation.

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Hokusai Mounted Woodblock Inebriated Beauty

A beautifully detailed early 20th Century Woodblock Print by Hokusai which has also been mounted to museum conservation standard.  The print is Chuban size and has the Artisan Seal as well as the Signature of the artist and the publisher.

a beautifully rendered image of a geisha with a brilliant palette and silver mica highlights in her robe.  Inebriated and sleeping on her shamisen box and her garments also fall loosely around her showing her inebriation.  An empty sake bowl also stands nearby.

High quality, genuine hand made woodblock print and made in the original traditional manner by skilful artisans on Washi paper.  Originally published mid Edo era.  This edition has been republished early to mid 20th century and the publisher – Takamizawa Tadao seal is on the print.

Dimensions of Chuban Print Including margins 30cm (12 inches) wide and 23cm (9 inches) high

Dimensions of Mounted Print 41cm (16 inches) wide and 37cm (14.5 inches)

Mounted to Museum Conservation Standard.  Print tipped to acid free foam core backing and mat by rice paper hinges.  Upper corners and wheat flour starch adhesive.

Shipping is via Australia Post with tracking and is approximately 8 business days.

Katsushika Hokusai 1760 – 1849

Hokusai was born to an artisan family in Edo, Japan.  His childhood name was Tokitarō.  His father never made Hokusai an heir, so it is possible that his mother was a concubine.   Hokusai began painting around the age of six.

At the age of 12 Hokusai went to work in a bookshop and at 14 he became an apprentice to a wood-carver. At the age of 18 he was also accepted into the studio of Katsukawa Shunshō.  Shunshō was an artist of ukiyo-e, a style of wood block prints and paintings that Hokusai would master.   Ukiyo-e focused on images of the courtesans as well as Kabuki actors who were popular in Japan cities at the time.

Hokusai also changed the subjects of his works, moving away from the images of courtesans and actors that were the traditional subjects of ukiyo-e.  Instead, his work became focused on landscapes and images of the daily life of Japanese people from a variety of social levels.  This change of subject was also a breakthrough in the world of ukiyo-e and in Hokusai’s career.  Fireworks at Ryōgoku Bridge (1790) dates from this period of Hokusai’s life.


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