Katsushika Hokusai Part IV “Kachô-e”

Hokusai kacho-e

Katsushika Hokusai‘s studies of birds and flowers, an artistic genre called kachô-e, are the lesser known of all his works. Kachô-e were popular in the early eighteenth century (1720s-1750s) with the Torii school of print makers. Hokusai was the first to develop kachô-e as a truly independent theme for the single-sheet print format.

Hibiscus and Sparrow

Lilies - Katsushika Hokusai - www.katsushikahokusai.org


Bell-Flower and Dragonfly - Katsushika Hokusai - www.katsushikahokusai.orgBell Flower and Dragonfly

Orange Orchids - Katsushika Hokusai - www.katsushikahokusai.org

Orange Orchids

Mount Fuji with Cherry Trees in Bloom - Katsushika Hokusai - www.katsushikahokusai.org

Mount Fuji with Cherry Tree

Plum Blossom and the Moon - Katsushika Hokusai - www.katsushikahokusai.org

Plum Blossom and the Moon

Cranes on a Snowy Pine - Katsushika Hokusai - www.katsushikahokusai.org

Cranes on a Snowy Pine

Peonies and Butterfly - Katsushika Hokusai - www.katsushikahokusai.org

Peonies and Butterfly

Poppies - Katsushika Hokusai - www.katsushikahokusai.org


Branch of Plum - Katsushika Hokusai - www.katsushikahokusai.org

Branch of Plum


Attribution of Hokusai’s Kacho-e   http://www.viewingjapaneseprints.net/texts/topictexts/artist_varia_topics/hokusai3.html

The Art of Katsushika Hokusai Part III

When he was 12, his father sent him to work in a bookshop and lending library, where the books were made from wood-cut blocks. Two years later, he became an apprentice to a wood-carver. He worked here until he turned 18. After this, was accepted into the studio of Katsukawa Shunshō,  a ukiyo-e artist. Ukiyo-e focused on images of the courtesans and Kabuki actors.

After Shunshō’s death in 1793, Hokusai began exploring French and Dutch copper engravings. He changed the subjects of his works, focusing more on landscapes and images of the daily Japanese life. A change that was a breakthrough in ukiyo-e. Next, he began to produce brush paintings, called surimono.

In 1811,  he created the Hokusai Manga. His later sketches and caricatures influenced the modern form of today’s manga. In all there are 12 volumes that include thousands of drawings.

Plum Blossom and the Moon - Katsushika Hokusai - www.katsushikahokusai.org

“Plum Blossoms and the Moon

Cranes on a Snowy Pine - Katsushika Hokusai - www.katsushikahokusai.org

“Crane on a Snowy Pine”

“Drawing of a Tengu”


“Courtesan. Painting on silk”


“Old Tiger in the Snow”

White Shell (Shiragai) - Katsushika Hokusai - www.katsushikahokusai.org

White Shell (Shiragai)”

Horse Talisman (Mayoke) - Katsushika Hokusai - www.katsushikahokusai.org

“Horse Talisman (Mayoke)”

Surimono Uma (No) Senbetsu. Cadeau D'Adieu - Katsushika Hokusai - www.katsushikahokusai.org

Surimono Uma (no) Senbetsu

Surimono Anba Umafubuki. Cheval D'Arcons Et Bardane - Katsushika Hokusai - www.katsushikahokusai.org“Surimono Anba Umafukuki”

Katsushika Hokusai, The Complete Works     http://www.katsushikahokusai.org/

The Art of Katsushika Hokusai Part II “Journey to the Waterfalls in All the Provinces”

Hokusai, self portrait from 1839.
Hokusai, Self Portrait 1839 Image via Wikipedia

“Shokoku taki meguri” are woodblock prints created from views of the most famous waterfalls in Japan and published in 1832. These “Oban yoko-e prints are fluid and alive, contrasting the breathtaking  majesty of nature with the small and fragile human forms nearby. The idealistic images take the viewer to a place found in the vivid imagination of Katsushika Hokusai. So exquisite are the details that one can almost hear the tumbling water crash and roar as its foaming mass sprays the air and crawls over the rocks below .

Oban  is one of three popular print sizes, oban being 10 by 15 inches/25.4 by 38 centimeters in size. Yoko-e is used for a print in the landscape format. Other popular print sizes are  Chuban yoko-e, 7.5 inches by 10/19 centimeters by 25.5, and Aiban yoko-e, 9 by 3inches/22.5 by 34.5 centimeters.

“Kiyo Waterfall by the Kannon Shrine at Sakanoshita, Tokaido Road

“Roben at Oyama in Sagami Province

“Yoro Waterfall in Mino Province

“Amida Waterfall on the Kiso Road”

“Aoigaoka Waterfall in Edo

“The Falls at Ono on the Kiso Road”

“The Waterfall at Yoshino Where Yoshitsune Washed His Horse”

“Kirifuri Waterfall on Mount Kurokami in Shimotsuke Province


Visipix: A world center for visual inspiration  http://visipix.dynalias.com/search/search.php?u=2&userid=2082431059&searchmethod=tree&startsearch1=go

Viewing Japanese Prints/Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849)  http://www.viewingjapaneseprints.net/texts/ukiyoetexts/ukiyoe_pages/hokusai_3falls.html

Artelino Japanese Prints     http://www.artelino.com/articles/japanese_print_sizes.asp

Fuji Arts/A Tour of Japanese Waterfalls (Shokoku taki meguri)     http://www.fujiarts.com/cgi-bin/encyclopedia.pl?page=hokusai_a_tour_of_japanese_waterfalls

Minamoto no Yoshitune     http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minamoto_no_Yoshitsune

The Art of Hokusai Katsushika (1760-1849) Part 1

Katsushika Hokusai is a Japanese artistukiyo-e painter and printmaker of the Edo period. An expert on Chinese painting, he is best-known for his woodblock print series entitled: Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji.

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The The Great Wave off Kanagawa

File:Red Fuji southern wind clear morning.jpgSouth Wind, Clear Sky (also known as Red Fuji)

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Fuji Bay of Noboto

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Asakusa Hongan-ji temple in the Eastern capital [Edo]

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View Field in Owari Province


Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji     http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thirty-six_Views_of_Mount_Fuji