Saturday, 18 October 2014

Katsushika Hokusai – part 4

Hokusai Sketchbook. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
Katsushika Hokusai (1760 – 1849) was a Japanese ukiyo-e (pictures of the floating world) painter and printmaker and painter, born in Edo (now Tokyo), and is best known for his woodblock print series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji c. 1830-35 which includes the internationally recognized print The Great Wave off Kanagawa.

Hokusai created the series both as a response to a domestic travel boom and as part of a personal obsession with Mount Fuji itself. It was this series that secured Hokusai’s fame both in Japan and overseas.

This is part 4 of a 19 - part post on the works Katsushika Hokusai. For full biographical notes see part 1 and for earlier works see parts 1 - 3 also.


1803 Tree Grower and Potted Trees Series: Three Festival days: First Day of the Year colour woodblock print 19.2 x 12.7 cm

1803-05 Autumn Moon Over the Ryôgoku Bridge colour woodblock print 23.2 x 17.3 cm

1803-05c Act V from the series Newly Published Perspective Pictures of Chûshingura colour woodblock print 23 x 32.4 cm

1803c Plum Blossom and the Moon woodblock print 22 x 32 cm Art Institute of Chicago, IL

1804 (attributed to) Man, Woman, and Child Stretching a Presentation Banner colour woodblock print

1804 Folded Kabuki Costume (with Crest of Actor Nakamura Shichisaburo) under Blossoming Plum Tree, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the death of Actor Nakamura Shichisaburo 1st colour woodblock print 38.7 x 52.3 cm Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, MA

1804 Series: Three Festival Days: First Hare Day of the Year colour woodblock print 20.8 x 13.8 cm

1804 Wrapper for the book Ehon Yama Mata Yama colour woodblock print 24.4 x 19 cm

1804-10 Six Jewel Rivers in Fan Paste-up colour woodblock print 22.2 x 27.9 cm Library of Congress, Washington D.C.

1804-13c Still Life: Double Cherry-Blossom Branch, Telescope, Sweet Fish, and Tissue Case colour woodblock print 20.6 x 27.1 cm Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

1804c Shimada, from an untitled series of the Fifty-three Stations of the Tôkaidô Road colour woodblock print

1804c Twilight at Sensô-ji Temple, Asakusa (Sensô-ji no iriai), from the book Ehon Sumidagawa ryôgan ichiran (Pictures of Both Banks of the Sumida River) colour woodblock print 21.5 x 16 cm


1804 Mountains of Verse




1804 Pilgrims on the Way to a Nichiren Temple, from Vol. 1 of the book Mountains of Verse colour woodblock print 21.7 x 30.9 cm

1804 Priest Making a Rubbing from a Stone Monument, from Vol. 3 of the book Mountains of Verse colour woodblock print 19.6 x 14.9 cm

1804 Priests and Temple Pageboys, from Vol. 2 of the book Mountains of Verse colour woodblock print 22.2 x 30.9 cm

1804 Swatting Insects from the book Mountains of Verse colour woodblock print

1804 Sweet-maker, from Vol. 3 of the book Mountains of Verse colour woodblock print 22.7 x 31 cm

1804 Winter Boating Party, from Vol. 3 of the book Mountains of Verse colour woodblock print 22.1 x 31 cm


1804c Untitled Tokaido series (known as Fifty-three Stations on the Tôkaidô Road). though the Art Institute of Chicago numbers the series at fifty-five. Note: Some prints in the series are missing here:



1804c Kusatsu, from an untitled series of the Fifty-three Stations of the Tôkaidô Road colour woodblock print 13.1 x 18.1 cm

1804c Station 2. Shinagawa, from an untitled series of the Fifty-three Stations of the Tôkaidô Road colour woodblock print 12.5 x 17.8 cm

1804c Station 3. Kawasaki, from an untitled series of the Fifty-three Stations of the Tôkaidô Road colour woodblock print 12.4 x 17.7 cm

1804c Station 4. Kanagawa, from an untitled series of the Fifty-three Stations of the Tôkaidô Road colour woodblock print 12.5 x 17.8 cm

1804c Station 5. Hodogaya colour woodblock print 11.8 x 16.4 cm Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

1804c Station 6. Totsuka colour woodblock print 12.1 x 16.3 cm Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

1804c Station 7. Fujisawa colour woodblock print Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

1804c Station 8. Hiratsuka colour woodblock print 11.9 x 16.7 cm Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

1804c Station 9. Oiso colour woodblock print 11.9 x 16.3 cm Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

1804c Station 10. Odawara, from an untitled series of the Fifty-three Stations of the Tôkaidô Road colour woodblock print

1804c Station 11. Hakone colour woodblock print 11.8 x 16.6 cm Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

1804c Station 12. Mishima colour woodblock print 12 x 16.8 cm Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

1804c Station 13. Numazu colour woodblock print 11.8 x 16.5 cm Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

1804c Station 15. Yoshiwara colour woodblock print 11.9 x 16.8 cm Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

1804c Station 16. Kambara colour woodblock print 11.8 x 16.4 cm Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

1804c Station 17. Yui colour woodblock print 11.6 x 16.4 cm Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

1804c Station 18. Okitsu colour woodblock print 8.2 x 15.9 cm Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

1804c Station 20. Fuchu colour woodblock print 11.9 x 16.4 cm Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

1804c Station 22. Okabe, from an untitled series of the Fifty-three Stations of the Tôkaidô Road colour woodblock print 12.5 x 17.7 cm

1804c Station 24. Shimada colour woodblock print 11.8 x 16.5 cm Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

1804c Station 25. Kanaya, from an untitled series of the Fifty-three Stations of the Tôkaidô Road colour woodblock print 12.5 x 17.8 cm

1804c Station 26. Nissaka, from an untitled series of the Fifty-three Stations of the Tôkaidô Road colour woodblock print 12.3 x 17.7 cm

1804c Station 27. Kakegawa colour woodblock print 11.7 x 16.5 cm Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

1804c Station 28. Fukuroi colour woodblock print 11.6 x 16.5 cm Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

1804c Station 29. Mitsuke colour woodblock print 11.8 x 16.5 cm Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

1804c Station 30. Arai, from an untitled series of the Fifty-three Stations of the Tôkaidô Road colour woodblock print 12.4 x 17.8 cm

1804c Station 31. Arai, from an untitled series of the Fifty-three Stations of the Tôkaidô Road colour woodblock print 12.4 x 17.8 cm

1804c Station 32. Arai, from an untitled series of the Fifty-three Stations of the Tôkaidô Road colour woodblock print 12.4 x 17.8 cm

1804c Station 34. Futakawa, from an untitled series of the Fifty-three Stations of the Tôkaidô Road colour woodblock print 12.4 x 17.7 cm

1804c Station 35. Yoshida, from an untitled series of the Fifty-three Stations of the Tôkaidô Road colour woodblock print 12.5 x 17.7 cm

1804c Station 36. Goyu, from an untitled series of the Fifty-three Stations of the Tôkaidô Road colour woodblock print 12.4 x 17.7 cm

1804c Station 37. Akasaka, from an untitled series of the Fifty-three Stations of the Tôkaidô Road colour woodblock print 12.5 x 17.8 cm

1804c Station 38. Fujikawa, from an untitled series of the Fifty-three Stations of the Tôkaidô Road colour woodblock print 12.3 x 17.6 cm

1804c Station 40. Arai, from an untitled series of the Fifty-three Stations of the Tôkaidô Road colour woodblock print 12.4 x 17.8 cm

1804c Station 41. Narumi, from an untitled series of the Fifty-three Stations of the Tôkaidô Road colour woodblock print 12.4 x 17.7 cm

1804c Station 43 Kuwana, from an untitled series of the Fifty-three Stations of the Tôkaidô Road colour woodblock print 12.5 x 17.6 cm

1804c Station 44. Yokkaichi, from an untitled series of the Fifty-three Stations of the Tôkaidô Road colour woodblock print 12.3 x 17.7 cm

1804c Station 45. Ishiyakushi, from an untitled series of the Fifty-three Stations of the Tôkaidô Road colour woodblock print 12.5 x 17.7 cm

The two following prints are colour variations of the same woodblock, though the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, has the former as Station 50 and the Art Institute of Chicago has the latter as Station 55.

1804c (Station 50). Tsuchiyama, from an untitled series of the Fifty-three Stations of the Tôkaidô Road colour woodblock print 12.4 x 17.7 cm

1804c (Station 55). Tsuchiyama colour woodblock print 11.8 x 16.4 cm Art Institute of Chicago IL

1804c Station 52 Ishibe, from an untitled series of the Fifty-three Stations of the Tôkaidô Road colour woodblock print 12.3 x 17.6 cm
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1805 The Swordsmith Munechika and the God of Inari colour woodblock print 18.2 x 50.4 cm Art Institute of Chicago IL

1805 Woman Looking at Herself in a Mirror hanging scroll. ink, colour, gold and mica on silk 138.7 x 57.5 cm (image)

1805 Women from the Village of Ohara in Kyoto colour woodblock print Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

1805c Mariko colour woodblock print 12.5 x 36 cm Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

1806 Shower at the New Yanagi Bridge colour woodblock print 20 x 29.8 cm Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York



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