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Katsushika Hokusai was a Japanese artist, ukiyo-e painter and printmaker of the Edo period. He was influenced by Sesshū Tōyō and other styles of Chinese painting. We have a great collection of his more famous artwork on sale plus more in our catalogue.

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Being linked directly with the political and social environment of Japan, the artistic style of Ukiyo-e, generated in the 17th century, represented one of the most progressive portions of Japanese art. This stylistic subdivision, enclosing two centennials, within which artists used to make more prints rather than paintings, was mainly nurtured by the nationwide popularity of woodblock-covered books, requiring special decoration in Japan of the time.

Katsushika Hokusai with his several decade-spanning careers personified an archetype of the Floating World (Ukiyo-e). Being raised in the family of a mirror-maker and having experienced glass technique-related as well as printing particularities himself, Hokusai, perhaps, was the one among other artists who found the closest affiliation with woodblock print craftsmanship that enabled him to give a deeper historical weight to the artistic trend. Likewise the majority of the Floating World representatives, at the beginning of his artistic activity, Hokusai, was mainly attracted by the depiction of long-established subject matter – play-actors of Japanese theatre, however, later he shifted from this genre to landscape representation that introduced another significant break with the tradition of the Far East. Hokusai gained esteem as an initiator and charismatic member of Ukiyo-e that was equally exposed to view through his personal life. The Japanese master, prior to choosing his widely acclaimed name, had altered the latter many times, although Hokusai appeared to have won him universal fame.

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Having created over 30,000 prints throughout his career, Hokusai’s activity reached its pinnacle in the pieces reflecting Mount Fuji that along with representing the national pride, was connected to some mysticism at the same time. The complete work, assembling 46 views of the landmark, embodies the Artist’s particular adroitness and an exclusive approach, disclosed by his various endeavours to catch the mountain’s different views. For this very attitude and for a particular print among the ensemble, The Great Wave at Kanagawa, Hokusai’s work appeared to deserve special attention, being even deemed one of the most ardent inspirations for the Western world, most notably for impressionists. The artists surrounding Eduard Manet, fascinated by the prints, began to accumulate them. They found here the tradition unspoiled by academic rules and clichés, enabling Japanese experts to enjoy all the happenings to the full extent.

Hokusai’s fondness for calming chromatic resolution, varied by predominantly used Persian blue, green, brownish and white pigments consolidating in the snow-covered peak of the glacier and precipitating a kind of mesmerizing effect on a viewer, alongside pretty minimalist yet detailed compositions, encountered several modifications in the Artist’s later works, that besides different thematic selection, showcase Hokusai’s increased interest towards polychromatic decision and Western-influenced perspective.

Katsushika Hokusai’s long and diversified artistic activity, encompassing the Artist’s self-likeness at that, really did lay the groundwork for the coming of the new age both in Asian and Western worlds, having inspired many individuals as well as the entire movements.

Blue Horizon Prints has a number of gorgeous Wall Art Prints of some Katsushika Hokusai’s most famous paintings for sale.

Japanese art has existed for over 10,000 years. Being an island, Japan was one of the most isolated countries in Asia. Thus, Japanese art is very specific and different from American and European art. Because it has existed and developed for so many centuries, it has its own characteristics.

Here are 10 reasons to add Japanese Art to your home, based on the theme of the art style.

1. Japanese art is extremely sophisticated in both religious and worldly arts. Their artists tend to use a brush rather than a pen, which gives paintings and calligraphy exceptional beauty. AZn example of this is Wild Strawberries and Birds Hokusai Wall Art. This interesting piece of art was created by Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai. This is just one of the many Japanese prints for sale on our site.

2. Japanese art is often done on a natural base, such as silk or wood. We offer a great example of this work in the print we offer of Young Lady by Hokusai. This intricate piece of art was crafted by Katsushika Hokusai and it is offered as one of our Japanese art prints. This piece displays a pretty young Japanese lady painted onto a delicate traditional hand fan.

3. Japanese art focuses more on the natural and spiritual than any other country’s art. We have some lovely examples of spiritual Japanese Art on our site, including Seven Gods of Fortune. This masterful piece of art is similar to other pieces created by Katsushika Hokusai. This piece shows the seven Japanese gods of fortune gathered to talk.

4. Japan has been subject to sudden invasions of new ideas followed by long periods of minimal contact with the outside world. This shows up in their art forms, and is noticeable in Asakusa Honganji Temple, as this painting has amazingly unique qualities typical of the Hokusai prints for sale

5. Painting is the preferred artistic expression in Japan, practised by amateurs and professionals alike. With this technique, we offer this Japanese art print by Hokusai – Kajikazawa in Kai Province, a classical Japanese wall print. This interesting piece of art was created by Hokusai. This piece portrays a fisherman pulling in his net of fish from the sea, and is an important representation of traditional Japanese artwork.

6. Rivers and streams appear often in Japanese artwork. A great example of this style of work is Waterfall & Horse Washing, by Hokusai. This interesting piece of Japanese wall art was created by Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai.

7. With the rise of popular culture in the Edo period, a style of woodblock prints became a major form and its techniques were fine-tuned to produce colourful prints and black and white Japanese woodblock prints. Sudden Wind is a piece reminiscent of the style of woodblock prints, for sale on our site. This amusing piece of art was made by Katsushika Hokusai. In the piece, a sudden gust of wind is shown assaulting the Japanese people not prepared for wind.

8. Animals feature often in Japanese prints, and we have many to choose from, though this Japanese canvas print of Tschin – The Pet Dog is a glorious example of the work by Katsushika Hokusai. In this piece of art, the emperor’s dog, Tschin, is shown playing with its favourite toy ball.

9. Japanese art contains many images of Mount Fuji and you will see some fantastic works but few are better than Climbing on Mt. Fuji which shows the struggles faced by soldiers as they traversed the perilous journey on Mt. Fuji’s path. This is a beautiful addition to your collection of Japanese art prints.

10. Travellers and Bridges are another recurring theme in the traditional Japanese art landscape, and Hokusai’s work, Traveller’s on a Bridge is a prime example of this genre of Japanese art.
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