Hokusai Woodblock Print Dragon Ascending Mount Fuji
A beautiful color reprint of a scene from Hokusai’s “100 Views of Mt. Fuji” series titled Dragon Ascending Mount Fuji. Originally designed in black and white the series was dedicated to the sacred Mount Fuji which to this day holds great significance to the Japanese. Looming as a mystical and majestic structure the view of Mount Fuji is dramatic from all vistas. A fierce dragon is depicted ascending in the clouds from its watery home below the mountain. A very dramatic woodblock print.
Originally published in 1835. This version reprinted mid 20th Century and with great attention to detail and quality by the Publisher Takamizawa.
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Approximate dimensions of sheet are 32 cm width and 23 cm height.
Approximate dimensions of print are 27 cm width and 19.5 cm height.
Hokusai Katsushika – 1760-1849
Hokusai began as an apprentice at a woodcut print workshop at age 15. At 18 he became a pupil of Katsukawa Shunsho and took the name of Katsukawa Shunro. The early Hokusai prints were actor portraits and produced under the influence of Shunsho. He remained with Katsukawa Shunsho for 14 years and during that period he also studied with Yusen from the Kano school.
An Ukiyo-e Workaholic
Hokusai was completely obsessed with producing woodblock prints. He used the art name Gakyo-rojin, from 1834-1849 which also means old man mad with painting.
He wrote in his autobiography about himself:
“From the age of five I have had a mania for sketching the forms of things. From about the age of fifty I produced a number of designs, yet of all I drew prior to the age of seventy there is truly nothing of great note. At the age of seventy-two I finally apprehended something of the true quality of birds, animals, insects, fish and of the vital nature of grasses and trees. Therefore, at eighty I shall have made some progress, at ninety I shall have penetrated even further the deeper meaning of things, at one hundred I shall have become truly marvelous, and at one hundred and ten, each dot, each line shall surely possess a life of its own. I only beg that gentlemen of sufficiently long life take care to note the truth of my words.”
Hokusai was also one of the most prolific of all ukiyo-e artists and produced more than 30,000 print designs in his lifetime.
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